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Sir John Kennedy
Born 1878
Died 1948
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army British Army
Years of service 1898 - 1937
Rank General
Commands held 7th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
26th (Highland) Brigade
2nd Bn The Buffs
19th Indian Infantry Brigade
44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division
1st Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General Sir John Kennedy GBE CB CMG DSO (1878–1948) was a British Army officer who commanded 1st Infantry Division.

Military careerEdit

Educated at Haileybury,[1] Kennedy was commissioned into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1898.[2] He served with the Egyptian Army until World War I when he fought on the Western Front: he became Commanding Officer of 7th Bn Seaforth Highlanders in 1916 and Commander of 26th (Highland) Brigade in 1917.[2] He was appointed Inspector of Infantry in 1918, Instructor at the Senior Officers School in 1919 and Commanding Officer of 2nd Bn The Buffs in 1923.[2] He went on to be Commander of 19th Indian Infantry Brigade in 1926, General Officer Commanding 44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division in 1932 and General Officer Commanding 1st Infantry Division in 1934 before retiring in 1937.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Wentworth Harman
General Officer Commanding the 1st Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Clement Armitage

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