Captain Edward Coverley Kennedy

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Edward Coverley Kennedy

Birthdate: (60)
Death: November 23, 1939 (60)
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Briggs Kennedy and Caroline Edith Jackson
Husband of Rosalind Margaret Grant
Father of Ludovic Henry Coverley Kennedy; <private> Kennedy and Katherine Calvocoressi

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About Captain Edward Coverley Kennedy

Edward Coverley Kennedy was a 60-year old retired captain when he returned to the navy and was given command of HMS Rawalpindi, a hastily militarized P&O steamship, known as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.

On 23 November 1939, while on patrol southeast of Iceland, the Rawalpindi encountered two of the most powerful German warships, the small battleships (or battle cruisers) Scharnhorst and Gneisenau trying to break out through the GIUK gap into the Atlantic. The Rawalpindi was able to signal the German ships' location back to base. Despite being hopelessly outgunned, Captain Edward Coverley Kennedy of the Rawalpindi decided to fight, rather than surrender as demanded by the Germans. Scharnhorst sank Rawalpindi; of her 312 crew 275 (including her captain) were killed. His son Ludovic was twenty years old. Captain Kennedy was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches and his decision to fight against overwhelming odds entered the folklore of the Royal Navy.

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March 19, 1919
Age 40
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 23, 1939
Age 60