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Document Details


Title: Ted Kenna
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Victoria. State Library. Special Collections. Australian Manuscripts Collection
Collection: Victorians at War - Oral History Project
Description: Ted has lived in Hamilton, Victoria, all his life. In his youth he worked as a grocer's boy before starting a plumbing apprenticeship. During his apprenticeship Ted was called up by the Australian government to serve in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and went into the army as a rifleman. He trained at Geelong Racecourse and joined the 2/4 Battalion, Second AIF. Ted was sent to Darwin and stayed there on maneuvers for a year defending the city from the Japanese. Then he traveled to Queensland to train at the jungle school in Canungra. In May 1945 Ted was shipped to Aitapi in New Guinea then marched to Wewak where he was involved in a battle to capture the town. Soon after he was part of a contingent ordered to take over the Wirui Mission area from the Japanese and fought with such bravery he was awarded the Victoria Cross. Within a matter of weeks he was severely wounded by a bullet that hit him in the jaw passing through his neck under his collarbone and exiting though his armpit. Ted was transported home and sent to the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital to recover. The war ended during his time at the hospital and he was discharged.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Kenna, Edward (Ted)
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Organizations discussed: Australia. Army
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Australia; Oceania; Victoria, Australia
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Australia; Australia. Army; Australia--Armed Forces; Australia--History; Australia--Military policy; Oceania; Oral history; Victoria, Australia; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0026768-28943