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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Kennedy, Samuel Guiler


Lance Corporal Samuel Guiler Kennedy
was born on 15th September 1897 in Gills, Coleraine.
He was the son of James Kennedy Senior and Mary Kennedy (nee Tweed). 
In 1901, the family were living in house 3, Gills, Somerset, Co. Londonderry.  Samuel had a brother and 2 sisters.  Also in the house on census day was Mary Tweed (mother in law to James) and a servant, William Graham.
There is no record of the family in the 1911 Irish Census.
Later the family moved to Cranagh House, Coleraine.

The University of Ulster was built on the Cranagh lands and the house was later demolished.

Kennedy would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1913 / 1914 working in Letterkenny and Strabane.


Belfast Banking Company, Strabane

Whilst in Letterkenny, Kennedy volunteered and enlisted in the 10th Royal Dublin Fusiliers and attained the rank of Lance Corporal.  His service number was 25960.  He saw service in France where he was gassed. 
The following photograph shows Samuel in uniform standing with his family outside Cranagh House.
  

Hugh Catherwood 5 Aug 1902; William Tweed 25 Dec 1895; Margaret Stewart 22 Jan 1894; Samuel Guiler 15 Sep 1897; Charlotte Elizabeth Long 17 May 1899;  John;  Stewart 3 Apr 1901; Mary Tweed 26 Sep 1904; James Sr.6 Mar 1866; Mary (nee Tweed 15 Mar 1868); James Jr.15 Nov 1906 
Family tradition said he was in the Easter Uprising in Dublin in 1918,
Following demobilsation, he emigrated to Pierson, Manatoba, where he worked for the Royal Bank of Canada. He came back home on 23rd December 1925 and married Edith Mary Small on 17th February 1926 at Terrace Row Third Presbyterian Church, Coleraine.  They then returned to Canada. There were no children   
Kennedy died on 6th April 1981 in Brandon, Manatoba.  
Also see William Kennedy who was a cousin working for the Northern Banking Company.  William was killed in action.
*  Some of the information came from an anonymous person.  Thank you for taking the time to respond to my data.
*  Following receipt of this information, this website was found - Kennedy-Stewart-Tweed.  A further site was also of some use - Wikitree - Kennedy.

3 comments:

  1. The picture here is of Samuel Guiler Kennedy, born 15 Sep 1897 in Gills, Coleraine, son of James Kennedy Sr., farmer, and Mary Tweed. The family moved to Cranagh House, Coleraine about 1906. He was the cousin of the Samuel G Kennedy above (their fathers were brothers). The Samuel G Kennedy pictured above enlisted at Letterkenny, Donegal, where he worked for the Northern Bank. He enlisted in 10th Royal Dublin Fusiliers; Regimental No. 25960; served in France where he was gassed. Family tradition said he was in the Easter Uprising in Dublin in 1918. He emigrated to Pierson, Manatoba, where he worked for the Royal Bank of Canada. He died 6 April 1981 in Brandon, Manatoba. He came back home 23 Dec 1925 and married Edith Mary Small 17 Feb 1926 at Terrace Row Third Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, following which they returned to Canada. There had no children

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  2. Thank you for the above information. I have verified some of it against the Irish Census and have discovered the websites detailed at the bottom of my article.

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  3. Sam Guiler Kennedy is my great uncle and I can confirm the bulk of the above

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