Captain Myles Cassillis Kennedy 13th Hussars

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Myles Cassillis Kennedy. Born 10 September 1893. Died 3 Jan 1947.

Born in Bergen 10 September 1893 to Wilfred Burton Rowley Kennedy and Emilie Augusta Stengler . On the 19th October 1893 he was christened in Stedje church in Sogndal.

Joined 3rd Hussars 24 January 1914

Transferred to 13th Hussars 14 December 1914 as temp Lieutenant to 2 December 1915

Promoted to Lieutenant 3 December 1915

Retired as Captain on 3 June 1922

The 13th Hussars were stationed at Meerut (Uttar Pradesh, India) when war was declared in August 1914. The Regiment had arrived in India on 1 October 1904 from England and had previously been stationed at Secunderabad (Telangana, India). The Regiment received orders to mobilise on 24 October 1914 and left India for France at Bombay on 19 November 1914. The history of the 13th Hussars during the First World War can be divided into two distinct stages, the first on the Western Front and the second in Mesopotamia (Iraq).

The 13th Hussars landed at Marseilles on 14 December 1914, the Regiment having passed through the Suez Canal on its journey to the Western Front. The 13th Hussars served on the Western Front as part of the Meerut Brigade in the 2nd Indian Cavalry Division between October 1914 and June 1916. By the time the 13th Hussars had arrived in France, a series of trenches had been established from the Swiss border to the Belgium coast. This meant that the Regiment could not be used in its traditional mounted role and there is very little to report during this period.

By January 1915, the 13th Hussars had moved into billets at Enquin-les-Mines, a French village 48km north-west of Arras. For the next year and a half, the 13th Hussars would spend most of its time in billets behind the front line. While the 13th Hussars spent most of its time behind the front line, in common with other cavalry regiments, it also took turns in the trenches.

On the 26 June 1916, the 13th Hussars left France for India and arrived at Bombay on 15 July 1916. However, the Regiment would not stay in India for long as on 19 July, it set sail once more, this time for Mesopotamia. The Regiment landed at Basra on 25 July 1916 and served with the 7th Indian Cavalry Brigade for the remainder of the war. Following the fall of Kut-al-Amara in April 1916, General Maude set about reorganising the forces under his command during the summer and autumn of 1916. On the 13 December 1916, General Maude launched his offensive which would see his Anglo-Indian force enter Baghdad on 11 March 1917.

The 13th Hussars played an active role in the advance towards Baghdad and its actions are described in detail in the regimental history. The Regiment was involved in the Fight at Lajj on the 5 March 1917 described in the regimental history as "one of the most memorable in the history of the Thirteenth". During the battle, the 7th Cavalry Brigade engaged the Turkish rearguard blocking the route to Baghdad. Coming under fire, the 13th Hussars charged and took a watercourse but could not make headway against a strongly held Turkish trench system beyond. The Regiment then dismounted and engaged the Turkish forces until the 6th Brigade was able to outflank the Turks and force their retreat. The 13th Hussars suffered heavy casualties at Lajj with 9 officers and 77 other ranks becoming casualties. The map below is taken from the regimental history.

The 13th Hussars was involved in the occupation of Baghdad and for the rest of the year moved frequently. During the summer of 1917, the Regiment occupied a standing camp at Chaldari, nine miles north of Baghdad by the Tigris River. Two squadrons of the 13th Hussars were involved in the capture of Tikrit on 5-6 November 1917, when another cavalry charge was made. The 13th Hussars sustained 6 killed and 22 wounded during the charge. The 13th Hussars moved to Sadieyh after the fall of Tikrit where they encamped until mid-April 1918.

The 13th Hussars saw further action at Tuz on 27 April 1918 and during the Battle of Sharqat (23-30 October 1918) where the regiment made a dismounted charge to capture Turkish guns near Hadraniyah. Both actions are described in detail in the regimental history. After the Armistice with Turkey, the 13th Hussars remained in the vicinity of Mosul, until it returned to Baghdad in January 1919. The Regiment remained in Mesopotamia until March 1919, when it returned to India and subsequently to England where it arrived at Liverpool on 29 April 1919.

Medal Entitlement Record Card
( Address for posting of medals is Longford, Ireland where the Regiment was stationed).

Marriage 24 November 1917

Western Times June 5 1936 – Tragic death of daughter

Publication of Will- Western Times 2 May 1947