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Friday, December 01, 2006

Colonel John Kenyon, OBE, MC (1921-2006)

Colonel John Kenyon, OBE, MC, who has died aged 84, won an immediate MC as a mountain gunner in the Burma campaign during the critical battle of Kohima; some 35 years later he waged a successful campaign to restore his county council's name to Shropshire instead of the government-approved Salop.He wasa scion of the Barons Kenyon (Baron GB 1788, Baronet 1784).
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=K1JH2ZALW53ENQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/news/2006/12/01/db0102.xml
He was b. 1921, a son of Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Edward Kenyon, DSO (1881-1958) by his wife Gwendoline Ethel Graham Ommanney, and was educated at Marlborough.
Colonel Royal Artillery and General Staff, , Military Assistant to the C-in-C Far East Land Forces 1962-64, and Defence Naval and Military Attache, Belgium and Luxembourg, 1971-73; Shropshire County Councillor, 1977-85; a Freeman of Shrewsbury (Grand Master) and of the City of London; President of the Freemen of England, 1981-91; MC; OBE (Mil) 1970; Order of Leopold of Belgium, 1989; He was married and divorced 3 times...
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