William Kelly (c.1875-1916)

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.
William Kelly

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

KELLY, WILLIAM. Private. No 1977. 6th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Born Barnsley. Son of James and Margaret Kelly. Educated at Barnsley Schools. Employed as a labourer by Messrs A. Helm and Sons, timber merchants. Married, with six children. Lived 37 Back Dock Street, Huddersfield. Had served 12 years in the 2nd Battalion K.O.Y.L.I. and re-enlisted in September, 1914. As the 2nd Battalion had suffered great losses during the retreat from Mons he was attached to the 6th Battalion. Died of epilepsy at No 17 Casualty Clearing Station, 1.2.1916. Buried LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 4, Row B, Grave 38.
Private S. Vallance, 6th Battalion K.O.Y.L.I., the dead soldier's chum, in the course of a letter to Mrs Kelly said that 'Private Kelly had a stroke in the trenches and died two hours later.'

Commonwealth War Graves Commission