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John Francis Keneally
Royal Newfoundland Artilllery

John Francis Keneally, Service # 971352

John was born in Carbonear. He enlisted in the Artillery and served in England during WW II. The information and photos proviided below were donated by Colin Stedman.

Aldington Church has a relatively tall tower, with a large flat roof, and is quite a distance from the village. We are close to the English Channel, which makes the tower an ideal platform for spotting incoming enermy aircraft during WW2.
There is a spiral staircase in a small turret on the side of the tower (120 narrow and steep steps) and the roof of this turret is supported by three substantial wood beams. The soldiers have written on these, my photo shows one of these beams with the name Keneally, Carbonear, NFLD.

History of the KENEALLY family provided by Colin Stedman

James Keneally was born in County Cork in 1790 and immigrated to Newfoundland in 1815, aged 25, married Johanna and made their home in Carbonear, a town on the shore of Conception Bay. The Keneallys were prosperous and James owned fishing Schooners, his wife Johanna owned her own business.
They build a large wooden house which is now called Keneally manor but it was originally a semi detached house with James' family in one half and his elder son and family in the other. It remains to-day as the second oldest house in Carbonear.
The younger son was lost at sea when his schooner sank in a storm between Labrador and Carbonear.


Aldington Church Tower
Photo donated by Colin Stedman


Names of Artillery Spotters carved in wood support beam
Photo donated by Colin Stedman

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