James William O'Kelly (c.1893-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

O'KELLY, JAMES WILLIAM, MM. Able Seaman. ZP/1037. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. 'Hood' Battalion. Royal Naval Division. Lived 23 Upperhead Row, Huddersfield. He was at Headquarters mess canteen and was returning to a train after helping the Officers with dinner when the accident happened. Whilst he was attempting to board a train, which was already on the move, an engine coming in the other direction caught him on the shoulder, knocking him under the wheels of his own train and he was killed instantly on 2.10.1917. He had served in Gallipoli. Awarded the Military Medal on 26.3.1917. Buried HAZEBROUCK COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Grave location:- 3, F, 21.