Sir Kenneth Kennedy O'Connor
(21 December 1896 - 13 January 1985) had a long and distinguished career in the Colonial Service.
O'Connor was born in Ranchi
, British India
. He was the second child of the Revd. William O'Connor and Emma (née Kennedy).
He was educated at Saint Columba's College, Dublin
where he was a chorister and cricketer. From here he won a choral scholarship to Worcester College
, Oxford but was unable to take it up due to the First World War
. In 1915, he joined the Indian Army as an officer in the 14th (KGO) Ferozepore Sikhs. He was awarded the Military Cross
"for distinguished and meritorious services" at the Battle of Sharqat
, during the campaign in Mesopotamia
against the Turks. Sir Kenneth later wrote a short account of the Battle of Sharqat
. After the war he left the Indian Army with the rank of Captain, though he was later made an Honorary Colonel.
O'Connor then joined the Foreign & Political Department of the Government of India, serving as the British District Commissioner in Charsadda
, a district of Northern India
) adjoining the Khyber Pass
. In 1922, he resigned and returned to England, where he was called to the London Bar in 1924 by Gray's Inn
. After a short time practising at the London Bar, he became a partner in the firm of Drew & Napier
. In Singapore, he met and married Margaret Helen Wise, eldest daughter of the rubber planter Percy Furlong Wise, scion of the noble, Devonshire... Read More