Memorial to private Thomas Kenny

In the neighbouring village of Wheatley Hill a memorial stone was recently opened to the memory of Pte Thomas Kenny.He was the first soldier of the Durham Light Infantry to be awarded the Victoria Cross during the first world war,carrying his Lieutenant on his back through no mans land of the trenches of France,after he’d been wounded by a single shot from German lines in thick fog in 1915.The story makes fascinating reading as Pte Kenny was from the village in which I live.He died in 1948 aged 66 years old in Wheatley Hill after returning to his job as a coalminer and is buried in its cemetery.DSC_0001


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