Angus was nineteen years old when, with his parents permission, he enlisted at Inverell on 24 January 1916. He was the second child of Angus and Ada Kennedy of Inverell and had previously been rejected due to eyesight. He was one of nineteen men who left Inverell on 1 February 1916 for the Narrabri camp.
As a member of the 33rd Battalion Angus sailed from Australia on HMAT A74 Marathon in May 1916 and arrived in England nine weeks later. He attended Perham Downs Trench Mortar School in September and became ill with pneumonia. As a result he did not go to France until April 1917. The following year he suffered Trench fever and was invalided back to England. After returning to France he was wounded twice in 1918. Angus returned to Australia in 1919 and lived in Sydney with his wife Edith whom he married in 1926.
Private Angus Kennedy is remembered at Inverell where his name is inscribed on the town’s WW1 Honor Roll.
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