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John Kenneally Vc



John Kenneally won the VC during the Tunisian campaign in the Second World War for attacking a whole company of Panzer Grenadiers on his own.

It was only years later that he revealed that 'John Kenneally' was an assumed name that he had adopted in order to join the Irish Guards after deserting the Honourable Artillery Company. He was in fact the illegitimate son of Neville Blond and Gertrude. He died in September 2000 and is survived by his second wife and children.

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The Honour and the Shame

John Kenneally Vc
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John Kenneally Vc

Many years after becoming the youngest person ever to be awarded the VC for attacking a company of Panzer Grenadiers on his own - an action that proved a turning point in one of the major battles of the Second World War - John Kenneally made an extraordinary confession. The courageous hero of the Irish Guards, who had taken on a whole company single-handed was not, in fact, John Kenneally at all, but Leslie Jackson, the illegitimate son of Neville Blond and Gertrude Robinson (a 'high-class whore'), who had deserted his former regiment, the Honourable Artillery Company. In THE HONOUR AND THE SHAME, he tells his story with great verve and frankness - a story of riotous living, great courage on the front line, and intense loyalties. Full of the escapades of battle - from the triumphant Tunisian campaign to the bloodbath of Anzio - and the many adventures of a freewheeling youth, THE HONOUR AND THE SHAME is a vivid portrait of a fascinating man.