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Frank Kenny and his wife Elisabeth, left, at Buckingham Palace
 with Queen Elizabeth II to receive his MBE

 

Francis Kenny (Frank)
b. 6.2.1900, d. 7.1973
m. 23.4.1921 Elizabeth Janson

one son
Matthias Francis (Young Frank)
b. 27.4.1922 Germany,
Served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
 died in action. 30.1.1943
 CWGC database

Frank Kenny was awarded an MBE in the
 Queen's Birthday Honours,  June 1952
Click here for details

Frank Kenny was awarded the
Cross of the Federal Order of Merit, First Class, in 1966
Click here for news article

 Photographs

Front cover and first four pages of the book Frank translated

Letter from Frank Kenny to his parents regarding his forthcoming marriage


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.

"After WWI, 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."
Kathleen Gooding, nee Cook. June 2010 (niece)

Frank Kenny was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours,  June 1952. 
"From what I remember dad telling me, Frank was involved with the re-establishment of the German Trade Union movement after WWII, after the trade unions had been abolished by the Nazis. He wrote a book on the subject too but I cannot find any reference to it now. Before the war he worked for what I think is now called the Department of Employment and Learning.
I managed to find some details about Frank's MBE via a search of the London Gazette.  He was awarded his MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours, June 1952."
Sue Bride (niece)
 

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