Enlisted 6 Jan 1915. Able Seaman, Tyneside Z/2912, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Nelson Btn. Killed in action 17 Oct 1917, 33 years. Buried New Irish Farm Cemetery, St Jean-les-Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (X.II.7). Some service records found.
Son of Annie & the late Edmund Kelly, 74 Maple Street, South Moor, Co Durham and then later of 2 Second Street, Quaking Houses,
South Moor. Native of Pensilva, Liskeard, Cornwall.
Enlisted 6 Jan 1915; Draft from Marine Expeditionary Force 9 Sept 1915, joined Nelson Bn 21 Sept 1915 – 19 April 1917 to Field Ambulance;
re-joined Nelson Bn 28 April 1917 – 7 May 1917 Boils,
re-joined Nelson Bn 14 July 1917 – 17 Oct 1917 declared dead
The Nelson Bn War Diary 17th Oct 1917 states:
“Work continued. [B C & D Coys working under Res.]. Casualties – 2 other ranks killed, 4 other ranks wounded, 2 other ranks wounded to duty.”
Disinterred and re-burial at the above Cemetery.
CWGC Headstone reads “Remembered by his sorrowing Mother”
1911 census shows Edmund working as an Endless rope man in the Coal Mine and living at the above address with his widowed mother and brother.
Awarded Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal