Commander-in Chief's Certificate for Good Service
Commander-in Chief's Certificate for Good Service, to Sapper Gerard E. Kenney RCE, signed by Field Marshal B.L. Montgomery, 1944 - Commander-in Chief's Certificate for Good Service, to Sapper Gerard E. Kenney RCE, signed by Field Marshal B.L. Montgomery, 1944 Description: This certificate was issued in the United Kingdom and signed by Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG GCB DSO PC (November 17, 1887 – March 24, 1976). It was awarded to G51212 Sapper Gerard Earl Kenney, Royal Canadian Engineers. The heading inscribed in running script "21st Army Group" with the regimental insignia in colour above, named in black ink handwriting to "G51212 Spr. G.E. Kenny", inscribed in running script "It has been brought to my notice that you have performed outstanding good service, and shown great devotion to duty, during the campaign in France. I award you this certificate as a token of my appreciation, and I have given instructions that this shall be noted in your Record of Service.", with the signature of "B.L. Montgomery", identified as "Field Marshal Commander-in-Chief, 21st Army Group" and dated in black ink handwriting "31 July 44". The spelling on his last name is "Kenny" on the certificate and "Kenney" on the government website, www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. Printed in four colours on a paper stock, 165 mm x 178 mm, in a 177 mm x 190 mm wooden frame, covered in glass, with sealed paper backer and full-width wire wall hanger, as framed by the recipient's family, exhibiting patchy discolouration, extremely fine. Footnote: G51212 Sapper Gerard Earl Kenney, Royal Canadian Engineers, 2 Reproduction Section, the son of Fredrick and Alice Kenney, was awarded his Commander-in Chief's Certificate for Good Service, as signed by B.L. Montgomery, on July 31, 1944 (Reference / Accession Number: 2004-01505-5 on www.collectionscanada.gc.ca). Nine days later, on August 9, 1944, he died at the age of 21 and is buried at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Grave Reference: XVI. E. 14., about one kilometre east of the village of Reviers, France. It was on the coast just to the north that the 3rd Canadian Division landed on June 6, 1944. On that day, 335 officers and men of that division were killed in action or died of wounds. In this cemetery are the graves of Canadians who gave their lives in the landings in Normandy and in the earlier stages of the subsequent campaign. Canadians who died during the final stages of the fighting in Normandy are buried in Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France. There are a total of 2,048 burials in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, including Kenney's. There is also a digital file on the government website, with a newspaper photograph of Kenney in uniform, his grave marker and an overall view of the cemetery.