Robert Kennedy was the eldest son of James and Jane Kennedy. Robert was born about 1889 in Derrycaw, Moy, County Armagh. This probably implies he was born on the Charlemont side of the river in County Armagh. Derrycaw lies north east of Moy, near the Argory, along the banks of the River Blackwater. Robert Kennedy enlisted in Belfast, although he was still living in Derrycaw. Private Robert Kennedy was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was wounded. It seems Private Kennedy was moved back to England where he died of his wounds on 30th October 1918. He was 29 years old. Private Robert Kennedy is buried in Durrington Cemetery, which is near Salisbury in Wiltshire.
Durrington Cemetery contains burials of both wars. The 204 First World War burials were mostly from nearby Larkhill Camp. Many of the graves are of Australian servicemen and there is a separate Australian memorial in the cemetery.