Kennard, Edward Walter (1912-1945)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Edward Walter Kennard (1912-1945), born 13 December 1912, son of Captain Malcolm A. Kennard, R.N., and of Mrs. F.W. Kennard, of Wonham, Bampton, Devon.
Attended Stubbington School, Fareham, Hampshire.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) May 1926-July 1930; Gym Squad (1929); First Class Gym.
WW2, Lieutenant-Commander (E), HMS Odyssey, Royal Navy. Killed in action on HMS Ajax at the re-capture of Rangoon on 3 May 1945, aged 32.
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, Panel 88. Column 2 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2370011/kennard,-edwa...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey House roll of honour.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', Summer 1946: 'Lieutenant Commander Edward Walter Kennard, R.N. (b, '36-'40). It is not easy in a few words to give a faithful picture of Edward Kennard's short but very full and interesting life during which he spent four happy years at Abbey House. There he will be remembered by his contemporaries as a good companion with a whimsical humour and a highly developed sense of fun. The elder son of Captain Malcolm Kennard, R.N., he inherited from him and from his mother great independence of character, a marked spirit of adventure and complete fearlessness. These characteristics were to shine during his service in the Navy, which he entered on the outbreak of war, as a qualified Engineer. His first Commission was as Engineer Lieutenant R.N.V.R. on H.M.S. Ajax, which he joined at the time of the battle of the River Plate. After this, he sailed on the same ship to the Mediterranean and played his part in the battles of Crete and Matapan, and only left H.M.S. Ajax when volunteers were called for to man the small ships, which were engaged in the very hazardous task of ferrying supplies from Alexandria to Tobruk. Later he joined the Inshore Squadron's staff as base Engineer Officer at Tobruk, and fought with the Naval Garrison there through much of the siege and was finally relieved before the fall of Tobruk in 1942. He then joined the H.M. Submarine Depot Ship and took part in the subsequent raid that was attempted on Tobruk by Naval forces but which failed, and the small craft in which he sailed was sunk by shell fire from enemy land forces. He was rescued from the sea by an Italian destroyer and made prisoner in Italy for almost a year. He was subsequently repatriated and after attending a short course he went through the Naval operations on "D" Day. Then followed, on H.M.S. Ajax, which he had rejoined, the operations in the Greek Campaign, and finally he was called upon to take part in the far Eastern struggle where he met his death by being blown up by a mine in Rangoon River while he was hurrying to the assistance of another ship, which he had heard was in difficulties, during the battle for Rangoon. Enough has been written to show how Edward never missed the chance of being in the thick of the fight; and this was recognised by his quick promotion to Lieutenant Commander and transference from R.N.V.R. to R.N. His was a brave and happy spirit, happiest in his beautiful home on Exmoor, far from the sound of guns.'