1. Grave:Le Cateau Military CemeteryIII. C. 1.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.127
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour13D GQS

Awards & Titles:

1914 (Mons) Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Family :

Son of Sir John Gordon Kennedy, K.C.M.G., and of Evelyn Adela Kennedy, of Burnthonse, Cuckfield, Sussex.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 2/Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders 

2nd Battalion August 1914 : at Fort George. 14 August 1914 : landed at Boulogne as Lines of Communication troops. 22 August 1914 : attached to 19th Infantry Brigade, which was not allocated to a Division but was an independent command at this time. 12 October 1914 : transferred with Brigade to 6th Division. 31 May 1915 : transferred with Brigade to 27th Division. 19 August 1915 : transferred with Brigade to 2nd Division. 25 November 1915 : transferred with Brigade to 33rd Division and battalion transferred to 98th Brigade in same Division.

Action : The Battle of Le Cateau and subsidiary actions 

26 August - 1 September 1914. Following the clash at Mons, the BEF was forced to retreat. I Corps under Haig was able to march almost unmolested but II Corps under Smith-Dorrien was confronted by large elements of German troops which threatened his line of retreat. In a classic ?stopping? action II Corps held the German attack and allowed time for the orderly retreat to continue.

Detail :

Archibald Edward Kennedy, Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). Killed in Action at Le Cateau during the Retreat from Mons.

Promoted 2nd-Lieutenant 2nd May, 1900 and Lieutenant on 20th September, 1904.

The Kennedy family war memorial at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity, Cuckfield Sussex tells of the sacrifice of this family in which three sons were killed in the war. Left hand panel, inscribed, gilt letters: TO MY BELOVED SON PAUL ADRIAN THE RIFLE BRIGADE BORN 11 DEC 1886 KILLED AT FROMELLES 9 MAY 1915 THIRD SON OF SIR JOHN. G. KENNEDY K.C.M.G. FILI MI, FILI MI, QUIS MIHI TRIBUAT UT EGO MORIAR PRO TE, FILI MI, FILI MI. (This is the complaint of King David when he receives the news of the death of his beloved son, Absalom, which translated from the above latin inscription reads "My son, my son, if only I had died instead of you, my son my son". The part of the quotation that is omitted continues "I shall live no more but go down to hell weeping") The middle panel, is inscribed with gilt letters: TO MY DEARLY LOVED SON ARCHIBALD EDWARD CAPTAIN 93RD ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS BORN 7 SEPT. 1878 KILLED AT LE CATEAU 26 AUG. 1914 ELDEST SON OF SIR JOHN. G. KENNEDY. K.C.M.G. THE LORD KNOWETH THEM THAT ARE HIS Right hand panel, inscribed, gilt letters: TO MY DARLING SON JOHN PATRICK FRANCIS THE RIFLE BRIGADE BORN 28 SEPT. 1891 KILLED AT VILLERS BRETONNEUX 24 APRIL 1918 YOUNGEST SON OF SIR JOHN G. KENNEDY K.C.M.G. CAUSA ALIIS VITA CUR FRUERENTUR ERAT Underneath, in one line extending across all three panels, gilt letters: IN THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THEIR LIVES AND PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF THEIR DEATH. THEIR LOVING MOTHER They were survived by two siblings: Captain Aubrey Leo Kennedy (b. 6 Feb 1885, d. 8 Dec 1965) and Kathleen Yone Kennedy.

Probate KENNEDY Archibald Edward of 50 Cranley-gardens Middlesex and of Fort St. George N.S. died 26 August 1914 at Le Cateau in France Probate London 17 December to dame Evelyn Adela Kennedy widow. Effects £6160 11s. 10d.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Apollo University No. 357 E.C.Oxfordshire
Joined : Lodge Orion in the West No. 415 E.C. India

15th March 1898
9th May 1898
14th June 1898

Initiated aged 19, whilst an undergraduate of Oriel College, Oxford University. It appears he had not paid subscriptions between 1900-1904 and then excluded under Rule 175, but this is crossed out after 12s. is paid by August 1904. Perhaps the reason for this is because he is out in Poona, him joining Lodge Orion in the West No. 415 on the 18th October, 1905. He is serving soldier with the rank of Lieutenant. He resigned from Lodge No. 415 on 1st May, 1907.

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