No. 7902429, North Irish Horse, Royal Armoured Corps
Died as the result of an accident on Monday 16 December 1940 (aged 31)
Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor (Section 5. W. Grave 37)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church
Nephew of Rifleman Alexander Dines (No. 6741)
Nephew of Rifleman Thomas Dines (No. 10418)
Hugh Kennedy was born on 16 May 1909 in Killyleagh and he was a son of John and Martha Kennedy (nee Dines, sometimes Dynes) who were married on 1 May 1908 in Second Killyleagh Presbyterian Church. John Kennedy, a farm servant from Moneyreagh, was a son of John Kennedy, a labourer. Martha Dines, a millworker from Killyleagh, was a daughter of William Dines, a labourer.
John and Martha Kennedy (nee Dines) had at least three children:
Hugh (born 16 May 1909 in Killyleagh)
Mary Ellen (born 15 July 1911 in Corporation South, Newtownards)
Prior to the outbreak of the First World War the Kennedy family lived at 4 Corporation South, Newtownards and, during the war, Rifleman John Kennedy (No. 17/1773) served with the 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. He died of wounds on 2 August 1917. Two of Martha’s brothers, Rifleman Alexander Dines (No. 6741) and Rifleman Thomas Dines (No. 10418), were also killed during the Great War.
Hugh Kennedy’s widowed mother Martha married Alexander Thompson Bell on 27 October 1919 in Willowfield Parish Church of Ireland Church, Belfast. Alexander Thompson Bell (aged 28), a Rifleman in the Royal Irish Rifles from 17 Empress Street, Belfast was a son of William Bell (deceased). Martha Kennedy (aged 30) was from 23 Chatsworth Street, Belfast.
The Bell family lived at 65 Dam Road in the townland of Cottown, Donaghadee.
Hugh Kennedy’s brother Thomas lived at Ballycullen, Newtownards and his sister, Mrs Morgan, lived in Newtownards.
Hugh Kennedy and Margaret McDonald of Ballycrochan, Bangor were married on 11 March 1936 in Bangor Abbey Church of Ireland Church. Hugh Kennedy (aged 27) was from Carr’s Road, Drumhirk, Bangor. Margaret McDonald (aged 23) from Ballycrochan, Bangor was a daughter of Thomas Henry McDonald, a labourer.
Hugh and Margaret Kennedy (nee McDonald) had two children and they were baptised in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church – Thomas John (born 8 January 1938) and Margaret (born 14 July 1939). The Kennedy family lived at Ballycrochan, Bangor and, prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, Hugh Kennedy completed a period of service with the Royal Irish Fusiliers. Hugh Kennedy was a member of Schomberg’s True Blues Loyal Orange Lodge 589, Groomsport and the Stevenson Memorial Royal Black Preceptory 209, Ballygrainey.
On the outbreak of war Hugh joined up again in the North Irish Horse and served in Northern Ireland. Corporal Hugh Kennedy was 31 when he died in Coleraine Hospital after sustaining multiple injuries in a motoring accident and he was buried in Bangor Cemetery on 19 December 1940. There were two Died on Active Service notices in the 21 December 1940 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle, one from his mother, sisters, brother and W.J. McClelland and the other from his aunt and uncle, Nellie and Bertie O’Lone of 16 Ann Street, Newtownards.
An Our Heroes – In Memoriam notice inserted by his mother in the 20 December 1947 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle contained the verse:
No one knows my sorrow,
There are few that see me weep,
I shed my tears with an aching heart
While others are asleep.
There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone in Bangor Cemetery:
THY WORD IS TRUE,
THY WILL IS JUST
TO THEE WE LEAVE HIM LORD
Corporal Hugh Kennedy (No. 7902429) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial and in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church.