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Paul Kenna

Full name: Paul Aloysius Kenna
Gender: Male
Born: August 16, 1862 in Everton, Liverpool, Merseyside, Great Britain
Died: August 30, 1915 in Suvla Bay, Çanakkale, Turkey
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Equestrianism

Biography

Born in England to a wealthy family descended from Irish nobility, Paul Kenna was first and foremost a career soldier and served in some of most famous campaigns of the time. He served on India’s Northwest Frontier, in Somalia, in the Mahdist Wars in the Sudan and in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer conflicts. For his effort in rescuing a fellow officer during the Battle of Ondurman in the Sudan he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the British Empire’s highest military honour. Unsurprisingly for a cavalryman he was an expert horseman but his skills on horseback were legendary even amongst his own peers.

A polo player of the top rank, he won approximately 300 races as a jockey in both flat and steeplechase racing and was a member of the British Olympic team at both show jumping and three day eventing at the Stockholm Games of 1912. His Olympic performances were not memorable, a fact he blamed on the haphazard preparation of the British team. In October 1915 Kenna by then a Brigadier General with the 21st Lancers regiment took part in the disastrous Gallipoli landings on the coast of Turkey. Whilst touring the front lines he was struck by a sniper’s bullet and fatally wounded.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 49 Stockholm Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Individual Great Britain GBR 27
1912 Summer 49 Stockholm Equestrianism Men's Three-Day Event, Individual Great Britain GBR AC DNF
1912 Summer 49 Stockholm Equestrianism Men's Three-Day Event, Team Great Britain GBR AC DNF

Men's Jumping, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS T
1912 Summer 49 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Harmony Final Standings 27 162 4:12.0

Men's Three-Day Event, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS T GP F TF JF
1912 Summer 49 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Harmony Final Standings AC DNF
1912 Summer 49 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Harmony Cross-Country (50 kilometres) 1T 10.00 3-59:25
1912 Summer 49 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Harmony Cross-Country (5 kilometres) 1T 10.00 11:28 130 0
1912 Summer 49 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Harmony Steeplechase 17 9.40 5:53 6 0
1912 Summer 49 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Harmony Jumping 13 8.80 3:20.0 132 14 4

Men's Three-Day Event, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1912 Summer 49 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Harmony Final Standings AC DNF DNF
1912 Summer 49 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Harmony Cross-Country (50 kilometres) 1T 10.00
1912 Summer 49 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Harmony Cross-Country (5 kilometres) 2T 10.00
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