Kinnaird, John (No. 2680)

Kinnaird, John (Jack)

Private

No. 2680, 4th Battalion, Australian Infantry, AIF

Died of wounds on Friday 2 March 1917 (aged 27)

Buried:

Warlencourt British Cemetery, France (Grave IV. B. 8)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records, his surname is spelt Kinnerd and in others Kinneard.

John Kinnaird, known as Jack, was born on 4 August 1889 in East Street, Newtownards and he was a son of William and Sarah Ann Kinnaird (nee Hodgins, sometimes Hodgen, sometimes Hodges) who were married on 15 June 1885 in First Newtownards Presbyterian Church.  William Kinnaird, a weaver from Newtownards, was a son of John Kinnaird, a weaver.  Sarah Ann Hodgins from Newtownards was a daughter of William Hodgins, a weaver.

The Kinnaird family lived in Newtownards, in East Street, then John Street and later at 41 South Street.

William Kinnaird worked as a weaver and then as a labourer in the municipal gas works and he and Sarah Ann had eleven children:

William (born 23 June 1885)

Jane (born 30 May 1887 in Windmill Row, Newtownards)

John (Jack, born 4 August 1889 in East Street, Newtownards)

Robert (born 13 February 1891 in East Street, Newtownards)

Sarah Ann (born around 1892/1893; died)

Hugh (born 6 October 1894 in East Street, Newtownards)

Elizabeth (Lizzie, born 14 June 1896 in East Street, Newtownards)

David Hedley (born 9 June 1898 in East Street, Newtownards)

Margaret Crawford (Maggie, born 26 July 1900 in East Street, Newtownards)

Sarah Ann (born 20 May 1902)

Ronald Orr (born 6 January 1906)

Jack Kinnaird worked as a plumber before he moved to Australia and there he worked as a miner before he enlisted on 29 July 1915 in Newcastle, New South Wales.  In his attestation papers, it was noted that he was 5 feet 6¼ inches tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair and he cited his father William as his next-of-kin.

Private Jack Kinnaird was posted to Egypt for a short period and from Alexandria he sailed to France.  He disembarked in Marseilles on 30 March 1916 and in July that year he was wounded in action.  He was hospitalised suffering from shell shock.

Private Jack Kinnaird was wounded in action again on the morning of 2 March 1917 during an enemy attack at Le Barque and he died later that day.  First news of his death came in a letter to his father from Private H.G. Brown, one of his comrades.  After Jack Kinnaird’s death was officially confirmed, his personal effects comprising a tobacco pouch, unit colours, letters, cards, photos, wallet, pocket book, money belt, shell and scarf were sent to his father who was living at 41 South Street, Newtownards.

Private Jack Kinnaird was 27 when he died on 2 March 1917 and he was buried in Warlencourt British Cemetery, France.

There were three For King and Country notices in the 31 March 1917 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle, one from his parents; one from his brother, Private Robert Kinnaird, who was serving with Canadian Forces and one from his brother, Corporal Hugh Kinnaird, who was serving with the Royal Irish Rifles.

Private Jack Kinnaird is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).