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Read More About Lieut John Kipling. Only son of Rudyard Kipling, was plagued with severe near sightedness, & deemed medically unfit for military service during WWI. With the weight of his father'. Military Service, Military Men, Military History, British Soldier, British Army, British Men, World War One, First World, Commonwealth

Lieut John Kipling. 2nd Bn Irish Guards. Only son of Rudyard Kipling, was plagued with severe near sightedness, & deemed medically unfit for military service during WWI. With the weight of his father's influence he managed to secure a commission in the Irish Guards. At the Battle of Loos in Sept. 1915, eye-witnesses reported seeing Kipling fall with a neck wound, but intense machine gun & shellfire made retrieval impossible. At the battle's end he was reported wounded & MIA.