July 26, 2012
"JOHNNY, I HARDLY KNEW YE" XIII
Kenneth O'Donnell says that after leaving Ireland, JFK made an "unscheduled & unpublicized stop" to visit the grave of his sister Kathleen* at Chatsworth, England.
Kathleen, who was called Kick, had died in a plane crash in France in 1948.
Kenny adds that this was JFK's 1st & last visit to the grave.
"He knelt & prayed, & watched (sister) Jean place a bouquet of red & white roses beside the headstone...."
*KATHLEEN AGNES KENNEDY CAVENDISH (1920-1948)
The 4th child of Joseph P. & Rose F. Kennedy, she was educated at Queen's College in London. During WWII, she served in the American Red Cross in England.
"Kick" married William "Billy" Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington in 1944 but he was killed in the war that same year.
Lady Hartington died in 1948 & is buried in the Cavendish family plot at St. Peter's Church in Edensor near Chatsworth in Derbyshire, England.
Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, 1943
American Red Cross Volunteer
JFK Library Photo