Private Kenneth Norman McNamee

Service number 4258
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Ballarat
Death Date 1917-04-11
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 14th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1916-12-09
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-04-19

Private Kenneth Norman McNamee (4258, 14th Battalion) was born in Ballarat, Victoria. He was working as a printer with “The Sporting World” and not yet 16 years old when he enlisted in July 1915. Kenneth was awarded a Military Medal for his “daring and coolness” while running messages and maintaining communication between Company and Battalion headquarters during the battle of Mouquet Farm in August 1916. Kenneth was wounded on 11 April 1917 during the battle of Bullecourt and was last seen being bandaged by two German Red Cross men. This was reported after the war by a fellow prisoner of war, who said that Kenneth had been badly wounded by a bullet just above his heart and was unlikely to live long. Kenneth is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France. He was 17 years 9 months of age.



Date of enlistment 08 July 1915
Date of embarkation 29 December 1915
Date of recommendation honour or award 30 August 1916
Date of death 11 April 1917
Date of fate 07 November 1917