b. ? d. ?
DATE OF EM ACTION: 02/06/1914 Earnoch Colliery, Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
Little is known about the life of James Kennedy, a roadsman, at the Earnoch Colliery when awarded the Edward Medal for his actions on 2nd June 1914.
On the 2nd of June, 1914, about 1.50 p.m., a miner named Neil McKillop was engaged in taking down head coal when the coal fell, pinning down his foot. Kennedy at once went to his assistance and continued to make every effort to release him, notwithstanding two further falls, which occurred at short intervals, completely smothering McKillop. Others having come to his assistance, they managed after three hours’ work to release the imprisoned man, who was unfortunately found to be dead. Kennedy in his endeavour, at first unaided, to save McKillop’s life ran grave risk of being himself smothered.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.