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Murdo Kennedy (1899-1976) was a son of Kenneth Kennedy and Johanna Matheson, 33 Lemreway.
The family later moved to 10 Orinsay.
He enrolled in the Royal Naval Reserve S/Ns A8894, B6184, C5675 and D5367, on February 21, 1916. Murdo was only 15 and lied about his date of birth. His record indicates that he was 5ft 5in with fair hair, grey eyes and a pale complexion. On his last registration he was 5ft 6¼,
He was Mobilised on March 2, 1916 and was based at HMS Vivid III and the base at Gibraltar. Murdo served aboard HMS Champagne at the same time as Neil Nicolson 20 Lemreway. Murdo also served aboard HMS Avenger, HMS Idaho and HMS Egmont.
After the First World War Murdo joined the Merchant Navy and travelled to the West Coast of South America on the SS Duendes, to Australia on the SS Willaston, to New Zealand on the SS Arawa and made six trips to Montreal on the SS Sicilian. He was a fisherman in 1921-1922 and returned to sea and travelled to Bombay on the SS City of Baroda, New Zealand on the SS Indianola, West Africa on the SS Lafian, to Russia on the SS Queen Olga and to Brazil, China, Jamaica, Java, Mexico, New York, Rangoon and South America.He served in the Merchant Navy throughout the Second World War based at Scapa Flow.
In Lochs, in 1939, he married Catherine Macleod, Ranish. Murdo and Catherine settled at 10 Orinsay and they had a son.