It would seem that the Exchange Hotel isn’t haunted by the ghost of Kenneth Edmund Kinsela, or any member of his family.
One of the daughters of Kenneth Edmund Kinsela, Rhonda Jones, has contacted the Blayney Chronicle after being alerted to the article after it appeared in the Lithgow Mercury.
”He was never a drinker and was very meticulous,” Mrs Jones said, “So there was no way it was him who left them in the pub.”
The third last child of seven daughters and two sons, Mrs Jones said that it was one of her brothers that had lost the dog tags.
Greg Kinsela was working at the Friskies factory as a fitter and turner about five years ago and took the dog tags with him.
“I was staying at the pub when they were doing the extension and I had the dog tags with me for some reason,” Greg said.
“I misplaced them and told the Brian the publican but I think that the cleaners may have found them and just put them in the box, not telling him.”
Mr Kenneth Kinsela trained as a pilot in Wagga Wagga but neither he nor his wife, Cathleen Maude Kinsela, saw active service.
“He lied about his age so when he was finally ready to serve, the war was pretty much over,” Rhonda said.
The family then moved to Sydney and in the early part of their marriage, tragedy struck.
Whilst at an inquest for a daughter, following what is now known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or cot death, another daughter was fatally burnt in a neighbour’s backyard.
“It’s a dreadful story and then we lost another one when she was 26 so they ended up burying three of their daughters,” she said.