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John de Winton KENYON

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Surname: KENYON

Forename(s): John de Winton

Place of Birth: Birkdale, Lancashire

Service No: ---

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 2nd Division

Age: 18

Date of Death: 1915-05-16

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panels 6 to 8.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

John de Winton Kenyon (born 13 September 1896) was the son of Ernest (died 31 August 1907) and Eliza Gertrude Kenyon, née Muir. Ernest was born at Cheetham Hill, Manchester and Eliza at Rochdale, Lancashire. Eliza married Frederick William Hunt in 1921.

1901 Birkdale, Lancashire Census: 37, Trafalgar Road - John de Winton Kenyon, aged 4 years, born Birkdale, son of Ernest and Eliza G. Kenyon.

1911 Giggleswick, Yorkshire Census: Giggleswick School - John de Winton Kenyon, aged 14 years, born Werkdale [sic], Lancashire. [John's elder brother, Ernest Cunliffe Kenyon, was also at the school in 1911.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: 2Lt J. de W. Kenyon, 1 Liverp. Rgt. Theatre of War: (1) France. Qualifying Date: 27.4.15. K. in A. 15/16.5.15. Correspondence: Mrs. E.G. Kenyon, 14, Farnborough Road, Birkdale, Southport.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: 2/Lieut J. De W. Kenyon. Liverpool Regiment. Date of Disembarkation: 27.4.15. (1) [France]. K. in A. 15-16.5.15.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: 2 Lieut J. de W. Kenyon. Regt. or Corps: Liverpool. Date and Place of Death: K. in A. 15/16.5.15. To whom Issued: Mother - Mrs. Eliza Gertrude Kenyon. £44 0s. 10d. Brother - Ernest Cuncliffe [Cunliffe] Kenyon Esq. £14 3s. 2d.

John is commemorated on the Southport War Memorial.

Photograph: ‘Liverpool Echo’ (3 June 1915).

Data Source: Craven Herald Article


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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2nd Lieutenant John de Winton KENYON

2nd Lieutenant John de Winton KENYON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 2nd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 2nd Division

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Surname: KENYON

Forename(s): John De Winton





Rank: 2/Lt

Regiment: King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Battalion: Battalion not shown


Died Date: 16/05/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War:


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Surname: KENYON

Forename(s): John De Winton

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Unit: 4th Bn. attd. 1st Bn.

Age: 18


Died Date: 16/05/1915

Additional Information: Son of Ernest Kenyon, of Manchester and Southport, and of E. G. Hunt (his wife), of 9, Walsworth Rd., Hitchin, Herts. Educated at Giggleswick Public School.

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‘Liverpool Echo’ (3 June 1915)


Second-Lieutenant J. De Winton Kenyon, of the 1st Battalion The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), whose name is in the list of killed, was the younger son of the late Mr. Ernest Kenyon, of Manchester, and Mrs. Kenyon, formerly of 63, Cambridge-road, Southport, and now of 14, Farnborough-road, Birkdale. He was born in 1896, and was educated at Giggleswick School, where he obtained colours for the first cricket and football teams. He was also school præpostor and cadet officer in the Officers’ Training Corps. He joined the 4th King’s (Liverpool Regiment) Special Reserve soon after the outbreak of war, received his commission in September, and went to the front in March. Shortly before his death he was attached to the 1st Battalion of The King’s.

DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 – Part One

KENYON, JOHN DE WINTON, 2nd Lieut., 1st Battn. King’s Liverpool Regt., 2nd s. of the late Ernest Kenyon, of Manchester, Drysalter, by his wife, Eliza Gertrude (14 Farnborough Road, Birkdale, Southport), dau. of Edwin Muir, C.E., M.I.C.E., M.I.M.E., F.G.S.; b. Birkdale, Southport, 13 Sept. 1896; educ. Giggleswick, Yorkshire, where he was in the first Rugby Football XV and first Cricket XI for two years, was co-editor of the School Chronicle, a cadet officer of the O.T.C. and a preposter; received a commission as 2nd Lieut. in 4th (Extra Reserve) Battn. The King’s, 15 Aug. 1914; was transferred to the 1st Battn., 13 Sept. 1914; went to France, 9 April, 1914 [sic], with the 6th Brigade (2nd Division), and was killed in action at Richebourg St. Vaast, 16 May, 1915, while engaged in locating the exact position whence the heavy rifle fire kept up by the enemy was proceeding. Buried at Richebourg St. Vaast; unm. Lieut.-Col. C.J. Steavenson, commanding 1st King’s Liverpools, wrote: “He had only been with us a few days, but has shown that, had he been spared, he would have made an excellent officer,” and Mr. R.N. Douglas, Head Master of Giggleswick School, wrote: “Only last Sept. I was looking to having Jack here as Head of the School, and was feeling the greatest confidence that now all would go well with us, and that we should have a strong and upright leader. Of all the boys I have had in my five years here, his has been the character which has interested me most and given me the most pleasure. And I looked forward to a life of infinite usefulness for him. Now it is over, but I am sure his usefulness has been exerted, his strength of character has justified itself, and his example has been an inspiration.”

Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936


KENYON, Ernest, of 37 Trafalgar Road, Birkdale, Southport, County of Lancaster, died 31 August 1907, at 37 Trafalgar Road aforesaid, intestate. Certificate endorsed by Commissary Clerk of Edinburgh, 13 November, on Administration of the Effects, granted at London, on 1 October 1907, to Eliza Gertrude Kenyon, widow, the relict. Value of Estate, £12,186 5s.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


KENYON Ernest of 37 Trafalgar-road Birkdale Southport Lancashire died 31 August 1907 Administration London 10 October to Eliza Gertrude Kenyon widow. Effects £12196 5s.


HUNT Eliza Gertrude of 10 Windy Harbour Road Southport Lancashire widow died 6 March 1960 Probate Liverpool 6 April to Alec Vernon Cunliffe solicitor and William Arthur Allen solicitors managing clerk. Effects £134 18s. 4d.

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Birkdale Cemetery, Southport, Lancashire

Birkdale Cemetery, Southport, Lancashire

Family gravestone

© David Long (WMR-94421)

Birkdale Cemetery, Southport, Lancashire

Birkdale Cemetery, Southport, Lancashire

Family gravestone - detail of memorial inscription

© David Long (WMR-94421)

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

04 June 1915


LIEUTENANT H. de W. KENYON, and ‘old boy’ of the Giggleswick School, has been killed in action. He was the only son of Mr. Ernest Kenyon of Birkdale and Manchester; was only 18 years of age, and was serving with the lst King's Liverpool Regiment.


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