- Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
- Panneau: 27 F
Distinctions et médailles
Private William Kennett was born in 1892 in Coolatai, Australia. He was the son of John Kennett and Mary Ann Mitchell and had three sisters and two brothers. Before he enlisted in the army he was a miner, like his father. He enlisted in October 1916 and joined the 46th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force, part of the 12th Brigade of the 4th Division. He was killed in action on October 1st 1917 during the Battle of Polygon Wood.
The Battle of Polygon Wood began on the 26th of September. On the 25th the battalion of Private Kennett (46th) moved from the Belgian Battery Corner (H.18.c.7.0.) to China Wall (I.16.a.9.5.) as a portion of the Divisional Reserve. The big attack at Polygon Wood on the 26th was to be carried out by the 4th and 13th Brigades of the 4th Division and the 5th Division, with the 46th Battalion being in reserve. They would not play a major role in the big offensive at Polygon Wood until the September 27th when they moved to the front line (left sector) to relieve the 13th Brigade, who held sector D.27.d.8.8. to J.4.a.5.5.
The Battalion remained in the front line until October 1st with “A” and “C” Companies in the front line, “D” Company in close support and “B” Company in reserve. The right half of the battalion was relieved on the night of September 30th-October 1st and the left half on the night of October 1st-2nd. A diary entry from Private N. Pope, from the same battalion as Private Kennett, shows that on September 30th and October 1st the battalion was shelled heavily during the day and night. Private Kennett was likely killed in action during one of these shell attacks whilst being in the front line. There is no known grave. He is now remembered on the Menin Gate panel 27F and on panel 142 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.