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08-April-2013 (Graeme Saunders)
08-April-2013 (Graeme Saunders)

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders / Michael Kuilboer

A statue 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
Long: 142.023908
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Monument Designer:Peter Corlett
Link: http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonl…


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 22nd March, 2013
Front Inscription

Son of Hamilton
Private Edward "Ted" Kenna VC

Army VX102142  
2/4th Infantry Battalion

Awarded the Victoria Cross 15th May 1945  
Wewak New Guinea

Source: MA,ADB
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