The London Gazette contains the official
records of Officers serving in the United Kingdom forces during World War
One. It can be a difficult data base to search, as you must hit the exact
name published, or you can spend hours sorting through all the records.
For example, neither Josiah nor Josias Kennedy returned any results, however
Kennedy returned over 1500 results and Josiah returned 266 hits.
Fortunately our attempt with "J. A. C. Kennedy" came back with a
manageable 3 results, all of which are correct. J. A. Kennedy came back
with 6 results, none of which are Josiah.
The 3 records found are recorded here are listed on this Gazette page
(however there is unfortunately no details on his battalion within the Royal
Gazette, J. A. C. Kennedy
What we found here are the records that show activity in the Royal Irish
Rifles from 1917 to 1919, however no mention as to his status of Prisoner of
War during 1918:
In addition to these records, two additional earlier records were uncovered by
Chris Wright and confirmed by Ian Bowbrick in response to a posting on the
Lost Generation 1418
forum. Chris reported that he found the 29840 mention using the date on
Index Card, which I had previously retrieved from the UK National Archives,
and then checking the November 1916 issues. The February 1917 mention was
discovered by searching only for A. C. Kennedy (dropping the J.):
Edition Issue 29840: November 28, 1916|
Royal Irish Rifles: The undermentioned cadets to be temporary Second
Lieutenants (on probation) (attd.). October 25, 1916.
Edition Issue 29932: February 6, 1917|
Regular Forces. The undermentioned temporary Second Lieutenants (attd.)
(unless otherwise stated) are transferred to Service Battalions, with seniority
shown against their names. Infantry. Royal Irish Rifles: J. A. C.
Kennedy. 25th October 1916.