Rodney Crack, left, was happy to return the primary help equipment and diary of World Warfare II soldier Ernest Kennedy to his daughter Pam Wild and her husband Graham at Otautau on Saturday. Crack purchased each gadgets at an public sale just lately.
Rodney Crack’s search to seek out family of a World Warfare II soldier, so he may return the serviceman’s diary and first help equipment to them, resulted in Otautau on Saturday.
Pam Wild, the daughter of serviceman Ernest William Kennedy #378052, 2/NZEF, 1939-45; and her husband Graham Wild drove from their residence in Queenstown to satisfy Crack and be given the gadgets on Saturday.
“We’re delighted to obtain them,” Pam stated.
”Our sons are appreciative too. Our oldest son was within the air drive and our youngest son was within the military … they’ve a [defence force] reference to their grandfather.”
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The handover was on the Otautau Warfare Memorial – a becoming place as Kennedy was born and raised within the city within the 1920-30s. He died in 1992, at age 71, and shares a grave together with his spouse Dulcie and son Ronald at Japanese Cemetery in Invercargill.
”I’m glad they [first aid kit and diary] are going again to the place they belong, with the household,” Crack, of Orawia, stated.
“It’s a household heirloom, and it’s going residence.”
Pam came upon Crack had the primary help equipment and diary when studying a narrative in The Southland Instances about him shopping for the gadgets at public sale and eager to return them to Kennedy’s family.
”I checked out it [both items after the auction] and thought, they’ve to return to the household.”
He purchased them in a field for $40 at an public sale of collectable memorabilia at Mabel Bush about two months in the past.
Kennedy’s identify is on the primary help equipment however not on the diary. Nevertheless, a better examine of the diary situated his initials.
Pam has different struggle memorabilia belonging to her father that’s being put into photograph albums.
Nevertheless, there may be nonetheless one a part of Ernest Kennedy’s struggle service lacking – his rifle.
On the finish of the struggle troopers had been allowed to maintain their rifle, Pam’s husband, Graham, stated.
Kennedy’s rifle was a Lee Enfield 303, and it had his initials carved into the woodwork. He loaned the rifle to a pal who saved it on a ship at Stewart Island.
“After they each died it form of disappeared,” Graham stated of the rifle.
“I’m nonetheless asking round [for it]. I’ve a firearms licence, so I can personal it and my oldest son additionally has a licence, so I can go it on.
“It might be good to seek out it once more, if we may, however goodness is aware of it may nonetheless be on a fishing boat in Stewart Island.”
Kennedy was an apprentice builder earlier than leaving for the struggle. On his return, he accomplished his apprenticeship and arrange a constructing enterprise in Invercargill. A whole lot of his work was in Tokanui and Waimahaka.