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Lieutenant Horas Tristram Kennedy

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Fellowship details: No.4992, elected 19 November 1913.

Born: 1889
Died: 6 June 1917, Flanders, aged 28 years.


Horas Tristram Kennedy, youngest son of Charles Napier Kennedy and Lucy Susanna Kennedy, was born in London in 1889.  He was educated at Winchester College and entered  Trinity College, Cambridge in 1907, graduating with a first-class in the Natural Science Tripos in 1912. Kennedy joined the Geological Survey of Ireland in June 1913, where he was employed on the revision of the Leinster Coalfield. He had been detailed to resurvey the Lower Palaeozoic rocks of the West of Ireland, when war broke out. 

Kennedy obtained a commission in the North Staffordshire Regiment, being transferred later to the Royal Scots Fusiliers (2nd Bn). In the autumn of 1916 he married the second daughter of the Very Rev C T Ovenden, Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin, Mrs Kennedy had already served for many months with a Voluntary Aid Detachment north of Étaples in France, including a winter partly spent in tents. 

As lieutenant in the Royal Scots Fusiliers he took part in heavy fighting in 1916, and at the close of that year was attached to the Field Survey of the Royal Engineers, a service which afforded scope to his scientific aptitudes. He was in command of a section at the time of his death. He was killed in Flanders on 6 June 1917, aged 28. 

Cemetery: Pont-de-Nieppe Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.


  • Obituary, ‘The Times’, 12 Jun 1917.
  • Obituary, ‘Geological Magazine’, Decade VI, vol IV, no 7 (Jul 1917), pp335-336.
  • Obituary, ‘Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society’, vol 74 (1918), Proceedings lxiii.
  • Obituary, “Annual Report 1917”, ‘Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association’, vol 29 (1918), p108.
  • Tristram Horas Kennedy, Winchester College at War

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