FEGAN Kenneth Iain Macdonald

Category: Military
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment or Ship: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Occupation: Council Official
Date of Birth: 1897
Date of Death: 21.01.1952
Place of Death: Calcutta, IndiaAddress: Sackville Road, Bexhill on Sea

Photos and newspaper articles

Family Information

No family can be found.  It is more than likely that he was born in India and no records have survived.

Kenneth travelled between England and India at least four times after WW1. He left Calcutta and arrived in London on 27.7.1934 and 7.8.1951.  He also left Southampton on 25.7.1946 for Bombay, and left London on 3.5.1949 for Bombay.

Kenneth’s Probate record reads:

“FEGAN Kenneth Iain Macdonald of Tukvar Tea Estate Darjeeling West Bengal India died 22.1.1952 at Elgin Nursing Home 5 Suburban Hospital-road Calcutta India Administration (with Will) (limited) London 4 July to Rodney Graham Page solicitor attorney of St. John Demetrius £5869-0-10d in England.

First World War Experience

The only records we have of Kenneth’s service are from two newspaper articles.  The first, on 2nd February 1918, reads:

“Sub-Lieutenant Kenneth R. Fegan, RNVR, formerly of the Sanitary Department, Town Hall, who enlisted in 1915, has been awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in the field.”

The second, dated 8th June 1918, reads:-

“Lieutenant K. I. M. Fegan, RNVR, (whose home address in at Sackville-road) who recently gained the Military Cross has been mentioned in despatches by Sir Douglas Haig.  The official description of the act for which he was awarded the Military Cross is as follows: 

‘When his right flank was attacked he drove the enemy off, and advanced his posts.  With a few men he captured a machine gun, killing one man.  He was suffering from the effects of gas poisoning at the time.’   

Lieutenant Fegan is in hospital at Kemp Town.

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