1939-45 Star, War Medal , with M.I.D. oak leaves, Lloyds Medal for Bravery at Sea, circular Silver Medal (Private M.V. “Oud Beijerland” 27 March 1941.), mounted on its original pin and in its case of issue, good very fine
Pte. K. Kavanaugh
Died of wounds 29/3/1941 received on the 27th.
King’s Commendation for Brave Conduct London Gazette 16/6/1941.
Mentioned in Despatches L.G. 17/6/1941.
‘The ship was attacked by enemy aircraft with cannon-shell. Much damage was done. A Gunner who had opened fire immediately with his Lewis Gun, was badly wounded in two places. Although his gun position on the well-deck was unprotected, he continued firing with great gallantry. His action helped to save the vessel from total loss. The Gunner afterwards died of wounds.’
Kenneth Cavanugh, a native of Hull, was educated at Selby Street West School and worked on the Hull fish dock. Having maried Muriel before the outbreak of the Second World War he was serving with the East Yorkshire Regiment and was transferred to serve with the Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship Oud Beijerland in early 1941. Having earned his two awards but lost his life, he was buried in the Hull Western Cemetery. On the third anniversary of his death, his widow left the poignant notice in the Hull Daily Mail;
‘In loving memory of a dearly-beloved husband. In memory I see him just the same; As long as I live I shall treasure his name. Deep in my heart he is living yet; I loved him too dearly to ever forget – Loving wife Muriel. Baby Kenneth. Worthy of everlasting remembrance.’