Alexander Hay Venner Kavanagh

Rank Bombardier
Service No 686
Date of Death 04/10/1917
Age 22
Regiment/Service Australian Heavy Artillery 36th Group
Cemetery Ypres Reservoir Cemetery

Alexander Hay Venner Kavanagh was born on 15th November 1894 in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. His father Frank was from Dover, Kent and had moved to Australia in the 1880s, where he worked as a solicitor and married in January 1894. Frank later remarried in 1904 and had one other child, Vivien (b.1905).

Alexander moved to England in May 1912, arriving aboard the Otranto from Adelaide. By 1916 he had returned to Australia. Alexander’s military record show that he attended a Presbybterian Church in Australia and worked as a law clerk. He enlisted on 1st March 1916. When stationed in England he was Absent without leave from 28th July to 31st July 1916. For this he was admonished and forfeited 4 days pay. He was also absent without leave for 13 hours on 19th/20th November 1916. On this occasion he was confined to barracks for 7 days and made to forfeit a day’s pay.

He was admitted to hospital with in growing toenails at the end of January 1917 and was not discharged until 6th March. On 12th July 1917 he proceeded to France from Folkestone. Two days later he was admitted to the hospital in Boulogne with Scabies. He was released two days afterwards and killed in action in Belgium on 4th October.