Frank Kenny was
awarded an MBE in the
was awarded the
Frank married Elisabeth Jansen, a German citizen, in Germany on 23rd April 1921. His parents were concerned about the marriage, given that Britain had just fought a war against Germany, and Frank wrote a letter to his parents, defending his choice. Click here to read Frank's letter.
Frank went back to Germany and perfected his German. He
married Aunt Elisabeth and worked with the German Trades Unions.
He was very much a socialist, so much so that in 1930 when the
family came home to Hull for a holiday, the German consul, whose
office was at the corner of Wilton Street, stopped him in Hull one
day and warned him not to go back to Germany. It was the time
when Hitler was beginning his purges. He started with the
unions because, once he had them under control, he could proceed
with other groups. Frank got a
job with the Employment Exchange and also did some teaching at the
Tech. It was the time the North Hull Estate was being built.
They lived in Langtoft Grove until 1945 when Frank and Elsa went
back to help rebuild the Miners Unions. He ended up as First
Secretary at the Embassy in Bonn. One of his friends was Lord
Peddie, who became president of the Co-op."
Frank Kenny was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours,