James Kennedy

James Kennedy

This is the correct man on the Brigade roll book. Keogh and Mahony have this man in Royal Irish Regt. Casement gives Kennedy as a labourer before enlisting. Keogh gives James Kennedy of Waterford. Known locally after he returned to Waterford at the end of the war as "Casement Kennedy"

Born and died in Waterford. He married Bridget Kennedy (1904 - 1987)

Keogh on Kennedy

Keogh on Kennedy

1896 July 22. Born Waterford, son of James Kennedy (b1877) and Alice Keogh (b1876) from family information. James Kennedy, Snr joined the army about 1896 and had left for England about that time. His mother had him baptised Jacubus Keogh and she left , to work in England about that time as well.

1901 census He is in the 1901 census under that name. Both his parents are in the 1901 England census His father is listed as a soldier at Citadel Barracks Dover (this appears to be 4th Battalion Leinster Regt. the Queens County Militia) and she a domestic servent at Rowley Hall, . Worsthorne With Hurstwood, Burnley. I cannot find young James in the 1901 census in Ireland or England, unless this is him with a large Keogh family at 5 Lower Grange Road, Waterford (he would still have been a Keogh at that date)


1904 Jan/Mar James Kennedy marries at Waterford. Vol: 4, Page : 552 to Alice Keogh.

1911 census kennedy

1911 census His parents James and Alice were living at 43 Lower Grange Road, Waterford. They have been married 7 years, and Alice has had only 1 child (presumably James in 1896). They have a 9 month old niece living with them. But James is not at home. And both parents are given as 34. His father is a gardener.

Nothing in Overseas Military or England in 1911. The Irish 1911 has 5 men in Co Waterford of the right age, so without further information one cannot tell.

1913 His service number shows an enlistment about March or April 1913, in turn pointing to a date of birth around 1895

1914 Taken prisoner, and followed the rest of the Irish Brigade through Limburg, Zossen and Danzig

In POW camp, Kennedy received a food parcel from Waterford committee for the relief of Prisoners of War. He was also noted as "useful in the boxing ring" by Keogh

1915 Oct 25 Gave his address as 6 Grange Row, Waterford

1916 Jan Volunteered for service in Egypt

The men at left John Curry, Keogh centre, right James Kennedy

1918 Nov. O'Toole writes that Kennedy had a child by a German girl and was "sticking by her"

Served in the Old IRA. 1920 - 1921

He worked for the Irish Government as a courier for the employment exchange. His mother had a small shop at no 6 Lower Grange, Waterford.

1935 Aug 5. Attends Casement memorial service in Dublin

Member of Irish Defence Force during WW2

1947 Dec 12. Attended a lecture in Waterford given by Monteith.. The local press notes that he had a coversation with Monteith

1949 Sep 16. Received Emergency Service Medal at Waterford Military Barracks

1950. Keogh has him as head porter in Waterford Labour Exchange in 1950, and he was still there in 1955

1973 Apr 22 Died Waterford from pnuemonia.

Irish Brigade Recruits