Captain Kenneth Cunningham

Captain Kenneth Edward Cunningham, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s ( West Riding Regiment ). He was killed in action in France on 3rd May 1917, aged 32, during the Battle of Arras. He was the son of Margaret and the late Charles Cunningham, J.P., D.L., of Muirhouselaw, Maxton and the husband of Mary Lister ( formerly Cunningham ) of 30 Headlands, Kettering, Northants. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France.  He had been educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh and had gone to work for a carpet manufacturer in Halifax. He was commissioned in August 1914 and went to France in March 1915 being badly wounded at “Hill 60” near Ypres in April. He was promoted Captain in June 1916 and at Arras he was reported wounded and missing after yet another attack on the notorious Chemical Works. The Germans later confirmed he had died whilst a P.O.W. His brother Charles also fell ( see above for details ). The  photographs show British troops accompanied by a tank in a captured village near Arras.

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