Lieutenant Vincent McKenna, MC was a member of 60th Battery 15th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery in 1916. He was transferred to 19th Battery 4th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery and was awarded the Military Cross on 1 Feb 1919. The citation for the Military Cross reads:
He acted as forward observation officer during the attack on Mount Dury, advancing as far as possible with the infantry under shell fire.
When the batteries advanced after the barrage, he sent back valuable information as to positions of hostile forces and our infantry and engaged machine guns holding them back. The following day he again went forward and secured valuable information. Throughout the operation he showed great disregard for danger, and set a splendid example to those under him.
Vincent McKenna rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and commanded the 5th (British Columbia) Coast Brigade RCA from 1938 to 1941. He died 6 July 1971 and is buried at the Veterans Cemetery in Esquimalt, BC.
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