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John Kennedy (1897-1945) was a son of Kenneth Kennedy and Johanna Matheson, 33 Lemreway.
The family moved to 10 Orinsay in the 1920s.
He enrolled in the Royal Naval Reserve, S/Ns A8842 and B6096, on December 31, 1915. His service record indicates that he was 5ft 5 in tall with fair hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion. John served in the Royal Navy on Ark Royal during the First World War.
He was a fisherman and a Rigger at Fairfields and lived at 630 Govan Road, Glasgow. John joined the Merchant Navy and travelled to the Baltic on SS Madame Midas, to Montreal on the SS Sicilian, to the Mediterranean on the SS Sudbury and SS Sunpath, to New Zealand on the SS Ionic, to the United States on SS Oyleric and worked on the Cable Ship SS Colonia.
John served with the Merchant Navy during the Second World War and was interred in Russia at the outbreak of the Second World War and released and returned home in 1942.
He was tragicallly lost in the first Orinsay drowning in Loch Shell in 1945, aged 47 years.