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A monument commemorates local World War Two veteran and Victoria Cross recipient Edward ‘Ted’ Kenna, who passed away in 2009.
Ted Kenna was awarded a Victoria Cross for "magnificent" bravery on a mountain side near Wewak in Papua New Guinea on the 15th May 1945 when he defied heavy fire to take possession of a Japanese machinegun post. He stood in full view of the enemy less than 50m away, firing his Bren gun from his hip. Bullets sheared between his arms and torso as he stood defiant and once his Bren gun ammunition was spent he picked up a rifle and picked off enemy gunners. This action made it possible for his company's attack to succeed.
|Address:||Lonsdale Street, Sam Fitzpatrick Gardens, Hamilton, 3300|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.740727|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Monument Designer:||Peter Corlett|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 22nd March, 2013|
Son of Hamilton
Private Edward "Ted" Kenna VC
Army VX102142 2/4th Infantry Battalion
Awarded the Victoria Cross 15th May 1945 Wewak New Guinea