KENWARD, Peter John

Rank: 
Lieutenant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Artillery
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
100942
Died : 
Wednesday, August 19, 1942
Killed in action or died of wounds
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 
Peter John Kenward
Lieutenant Peter Kenward, B.A., died during operations at Dieppe [1].
 
Gunner Peter John Kenward, late Cadet Sgt. Bradfield College contingent June Div., OTC, was commissioned on the 2nd September 1939 [2].
 
He joined No 3 Commando on the 17th August 1942, embarked with them for Dieppe on the 18th, and was killed in his landing craft on the 19th. Brigadier Durnford-Slater described him as "A fine young officer."[3].
 
Extract from the Evening Despatch newspaper
"Lieut. Peter J. Kenward, B.A., son of Mr. H. L. Kenward, a local director of the Dunlop Rubber Company, who lives at 36, Lady Byron Lane, Knowle, has been reported killed in action in the raid on Dieppe.
Enlisting in the ranks the day war was declared, Lieutenant Kenward was commissioned in November 1939 [see notes below]. He was then 21 years of age and had just taken his B.A. at Oxford. He was a schoolboy international athlete, had acquired a wide reputation in University sports circles, and was secretary of the Hertford College athletic team and secretary of the Achilles Club, the organisation representative of athletes of both Oxford and Cambridge.
Lieut. Kenward was also a talented composer of music. Several of his compositions had been performed. He is to be accorded a full military funeral at Brighton tomorrow."[4].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] London Gazette 6th October 1939; Supplement 34703; Page 6780.
[3] Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig John Durnford-Slater.
[4] Evening Despatch - Monday 24 August 1942, source British Newspaper Archive.
[Image] © Hertford College Archives, Oxford.
[Image credit] With the permission of the Principal, Fellows and Scholars of Hertford College in the University of Oxford.
 
Notes
The London Gazette date of his commission @ [2] shows September 1939.
 

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