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Edward Kenna VC


Private Edward (Ted) Kenna, VC, Australian Imperial Force, 2/4th Battalion

15 May 1945, Wewak, New Guinea

On 15 May 1945, Kenna was involved in an action near Wewak, New Guinea, during which he exposed himself to heavy fire, killing a Japanese machine gun crew and making it possible for his company's attack to succeed. For this he was awarded the Victoria Cross. Three weeks later he was shot in the mouth and spent more than a year in hospital before being discharged from the AIF in December 1946. The following year he married Marjorie Rushberry, who had nursed him at Heidelberg Military Hospital.