Tributes to Lyme Regis war hero Bill Kenely

PUBLISHED: 13:07 04 May 2010 | UPDATED: 01:13 16 June 2010

BILL Kenely.

BILL Kenely.

RESIDENTS have been shocked and saddened by the sudden and unexplained death of pensioner Bill Kenely, a widower and father.

RESIDENTS have been shocked and saddened by the sudden and unexplained death of pensioner Bill Kenely, a widower and father. Detectives are trying contact his son.

Former mayor Ken Whetlor, chairman of the Royal British Legion in Lyme Regis, said:

"It's a terrible tragedy when you think he has served his country and all of a sudden, at 80 odd, his life is taken away.

"There's a lot of sadness in my heart about this. Bill lived a long life and he didn't harm anybody - he was a nice old gent.

"He'd always say 'hello' if he saw you, but he generally kept himself to himself.

We were there if he needed help, but he never asked."

He said people were unsure of what happened and waiting for updates.

He said: "I've spoken to the police this morning and they are waiting for reports to come in."

Mr Kenely served for two years in India and Burma with the Lancashire Fusiliers and was the fourth generation of his family to have served the British Army.

He had his medals restored by the British Legion and he was represented with his service medals at a short ceremony.

Events coordinator David Manners said he had noticed Mr Kenely had his Burma Star medal attached to his jacket by only a small piece of black cotton tape.

He said at the time: "Here's a man who saw active service in the Far East and his medals have seen a lot better days.

"So, I decided, with Bill's consent, to get his medals re-ribboned, cleaned and mounted.

"He is proud of what he achieved, full of painful, sad, and sometimes fond, memories and determined to wear his 'new' medals with the dignity they rightly deserve."

To add your tribute, click the link below.

Other News Stories


Results of Parish History Society’s reearch to go on show at the parish church

Read more

Don’t miss our weekly round-up of photos from our readers.

Read more

Healthy eating charity HALFF will help parents and carers prepare tasty and nutritious meals for families

Read more

The parents of a Cranbrook schoolboy who died from flu in January this year are calling on mums and dads to vaccinate their children.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Court hears how around half a kilo of heroin and cocaine were driven into East Devon

Read more
Yesterday, 15:01

Societry members see some ‘sacred cow challenging’ moments

Read more
Yesterday, 10:30

Greggs could open a new store in Honiton as early as next year, the Herald can report.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:01

Special production will celebrate the South Wessex Organ Society’s first anniversary

Read more
Thu, 17:00

A pair of care homes close to Honiton have been rated ‘good’ by the UK’s health watchdog.

Read more
Thu, 15:01

Planning gain 106 money gives local scheme a big boost

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Midweek Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications