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Kenneth Bisset survives serious wound

Kenneth Bisset was the youngest of four sons of Fanny and James Bisset. Kenneth was shot through the cheek in late 1916. He survived and remained in the military, suffering no further wounds. He went on to become an inventor and entrepreneur.

Kenneth Bisset was the youngest boy of the six children of Fanny and James Bisset. James had died in 1893, leaving Fanny to raise the family. Kenneth went to a charity school away from Liverpool. He was in Chile when the war broke out, recovering from an illness. However, he quickly returned to England and was sent to Balliol College to train as an officer. In late 1916 he was wounded in a battle at Gueudecourt in the Somme. The bullet went into his left cheek and exited behind his left ear, without damaging the jaw. He had only been nine weeks at the front. Kenneth was quickly repatriated to England where, his wife of eight months, Sabina Ethel Bruce, and his mother, rushed to his side. After the war he returned to Chile and then came back to England to form a company that, among other items, made score-keeping devices that Kenneth invented for several popular games. More about Kenneth and his brothers and sisters may be found in “Letters from Liverpool” which is available under “Connected Memorabilia” at the upper left of this page.

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