Ted Kenna, VC recipient, dead at 90
July 9, 2009 - 11:34AM
Australia's last surviving World War II Victoria Cross recipient, Ted Kenna, has died aged 90.
Kenna was awarded the Army's greatest honour after risking his life to help save his platoon from a heavy machine gun attack in New Guinea on May 15, 1945.
Private Edward Kenna stood directly in the face of fire from a Japanese machine gun crew and continually fired upon them until they were killed and the lives of his fellow soldiers were saved.
His bravery allowed his company's attack to succeed and the enemy bunker to be captured.
Three weeks later, Mr Kenna was shot in the mouth and spent more than a year recovering in hospital where he was nursed by Marjorie Rushberry, who was to become his wife of 62 years.