1. Memorial:Chatham Naval Memorial12. Kent
2. Book:The Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918

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Family :

Born at Greenwich, 1889. Mother, Lucy of 7 Milton Place, Gravesend.

Military :


Unit :H.M.S. Inflexible 
Attached : 
Action :Gallipoli 

Shipwright 1st Class. Service No. 346890 (Ch).

There are contradictions in the date of death, from the Masonic record which shows February, military records which show March and Probate which shows May.

An article in the Aberdeen Press and Journal 22nd March 1915, proves the probate date wrong, citing under the banner "MEN H.M.S. INFLEXIBLE Killed" listing all including "Shipwright R.H. Kennaird." The masonic date of February shows routine action in the ships log, but for the 18th March, the page is blank. The March date coincides with the ship being badly damaged by Turkish shore based artillery fire. This project acknowledges the date of death for Robert, and the action in the Dardenelles to be on the 18th March 1915.

The Gallipoli Campaign was fought on the Gallipoli peninsula 25th April 1915 to 9th January 1916. in a failed attempt to defeat Turkey by seizing the Dardanelles and capturing Istanbul. Ill-conceived and planned, the initial effort by the Royal Navy failed to force passage through the Dardanelles by sea power alone. It was then realised that a land force was needed to support the project by suppressing the Turkish mobile artillery batteries. By the time all was ready the Turks were well aware and well prepared. Despite amazing heroics on the day of the landings only minor beachheads were achieved and over the succeeding 8 months little progress was made. Eventually the beachheads were evacuated in a series of successful ruses.

Despite Gallipoli rightly becoming a national source of pride to Australians and New Zealanders, far more British casualties were sustained, and these days the substantial French contribution is almost forgotten.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Union of Malta No. 407 E.C.Hampshire & IOW

7th January 1914
16th February 1914
1st April 1914

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