Alfred Alexander Kennedy C.B., C.M.G. was born in December 1870. He took his education at Harrow and the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst.
On 10 October 1891, Kennedy received a commission in the 3rd The King's Own Hussars and received the rank of Lieutenant a year later. On 23 May 1896, he received the rank of Captain and transferred to British India. In 1898, he married Dora Campbell, daughter of Walter Thomas Rowley. The couple received Rowley Kennedy in 1900, and their second son died in infancy in 1913. In March 1901, he was appointed ADC to Lt General Sir George Luck, commanding the Forces, Bengal Command.
On the First World War outbreak, Kennedy went immediately overseas as the commanding officer of the 3rd Hussars. His entrance into the French village of Flêtre while greeting the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers on 13 October 1914 was depicted by E. P. Kenley in a watercolour which was illustrated in the book, the 3rd (King's Own Hussars in the Great War by Lieutenant-Colonel Walter Temple Willcox C.M.G. The original watercolour was held in the Alan Culpin Collection of World War I art until 2020 when Cowan's Auctions sold it.
E. P. Kenly, Lieutenant-Colonel A. A. Kennedy, CO 3rd Hussars, Saluting Officers and Men of the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, in the Village of Flêtre - 13th October 1914, 16.75 x 9.25 in. (framed)
Kennedy served later as a General Staff Officer (Grade 1) in the 2nd Cavalry Division early in 1915. The same year he was awarded the C.M.G. He commanded the 7th Cavalry Brigade during the Second Battle from Yres from May 1915 until November 1916, when he was appointed commander of the 1st Indian Cavalry Division. Later he commanded the 4th Cavalry Division at the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917.
A testimony of Kennedy can be found in the book A History of the British Cavalry: Volume 8: 1816-1919 The Western Front, 1915-1918, Epilogue, 1919-1939 by Lord Anglesey on page 146
In May 1918, he was given his first infantry brigade (75th), and in July, he became commander of the 230th Brigade, which he commanded through the Hundred Days Offensive, in which he was wounded when a shell hit the mess hut on 23rd September.
After the war, he served as a Military Governor in Occupied Germany Territory at Cologne until January 1920. In June 1923, he became General Officer Commanding the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division. A year later, he was appointed Colonel of the 3rd The King's Own Hussars and held the position until he died in March 1926.
Major-General A. A. Kennedy's Miniatures remain in the family until this day.
GORDON FAMILY TREE
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Mary Boak Mary Ross
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Margaret Boak (1744 - 14/11/1837)
Elizabeth(... - 1839) Aaron(1781 - 8/10/1844) Robert of Stragollen (1774- 7/9/1850) William(..- ./1/1837) Mary
Ellen Eagleson (1786 - 21/09/1860)
George (22/6/1824 - 4/6/1896) William(15/5/1812 - 25/2/1814) Aaron (17/5/1814 - 1860) Matilda An (1/11/1817 - 1863) William E. (4/6/1831-15/1/1873) Elizabeth Robert (4/6/1823 - 23/7/1823) Margaret (5/5/1810 - 1816) Ellen (1827 - 1899) Robert (1830 - 1883)
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Robert (1855-1918) X (2) Emelia M. Dick
Marion Elizabeth Versfeld