Ernest James Kenneison
Of Kenneison Bros Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaya
Civilian War Dead
Ernest was born Surrey, United Kingdom in 1877
Ernest went to India with the army in the early 1900s left India with rank of Sergeant Drummer. Married his first wife in Madras. He went to Malaya in 1912 Malaya where he founded a band of FMSVF. Ernest prospered from very humble beginnings. After his first wife died he remarried to Lilian Violet. Known as Violet, she was born in Colombo in about 1890, moved to Malaya in 1925 as a nurse. She survived the sinking of the HMS Giang Bee and spent the war interned on Sumatra at Palembang with their granddaughter, Miss Edith Cynthia Rose Kenneison, known as Betty, who also survived the sinking.
Betty’s brother Ronnie also lost his life at Labuan, see entry A.R. Kenneison.
13th February 1942
Whilst Escaping Singapore on the HMS Giang Bee.
The HMS Giang Bee was a small armed coaster which sailed from Singapore with 300 civilans on board at 10pm on the 12th February 1942. After she left Singapore harbour in the evacuation she was soon overtaken by a squadron of Japanese warships. Passengers were given an hour to abandon ship before the vessel was bombarded and sunk.
Son of Cornelius Kenneison, of Woking, Surrey
Husband of Violet Kenneison
Father of five sons, Charles and Donald being two of them.
Charles also lost his life at Malang, Java, see entry Charles Arthur Kenneison
HMS Giang Bee