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  cap badgePrivate George Kelly

1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders
Service No: S/2406

George Kelly grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Joseph and Mary Ann Kelly of 303g Main St, Coatbridge. From the 1901 Census - Address - 2 Stable Row, Coatbridge - Joseph Kelly aged 36, Mary Ann Kelly aged 53, Joseph Kelly aged 13, Mary Ann Kelly aged 9, George Kelly aged 7, Emma Jane Kelly aged 4, Sarah Kelly aged 2, lodgers John Walker aged 34, Catherine Walker aged 30, Eliza Jane Walker aged 3, Robert John Walker aged 1. George also had sisters named Polly and Kathie. George's Pension was awarded to his mother Mary Ann on the 12/05/1916 then to his sister Kathie Kelly when his mother died on the 28/08/1924.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 303g Main St, Coatbridge.

Died

Killed in Action on the 09/05/1915 on the opening day of the Battle of Aubers

Enlisted

Coatbridge 1914

Employed

Imperial Tube Works.

Age

21

Buried / Remembered

Le Touret Memorial (Panel 38 and 39), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Le Touret Memorial commemorates over 13,400 British soldiers who were killed in this sector of the Western Front from the beginning of October 1914 to the eve of the Battle of Loos in late September 1915 and who have no known grave. Almost all of the men commemorated on the Memorial served with regular or territorial regiments from across the United Kingdom and were killed in actions that took place along a section of the front line that stretched from Estaires in the north to Grenay in the south. This part of the Western Front was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting of the first year of the war, including the battles of La Bassée (10 October – 2 November 1914), Neuve Chapelle (10 – 12 March 1915), Aubers Ridge (9 – 10 May 1915), and Festubert (15 – 25 May 1915). Soldiers serving with Indian and Canadian units who were killed in this sector in 1914 and 1915 whose remains were never identified are commemorated on the Neuve Chapelle and Vimy memorials, while those who fell during the northern pincer attack at the Battle of Aubers Ridge are commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

Additional Information

In August 1914 the Battalion were in Agra, India and were part of the Dehra Dun Brigade, 7th (Meerut) Division. On the 21/09/1914 they moved to France, landing at Marseilles on the 12/10/1914. George arrived in France on the 21/01/1915. The Battle of Aubers, 9th - 10th May 1915 : A disastrous attack that cost 11,000 British casualties for no material gain : it was a minor supporting operation to a much larger French attack in an action known as the Second Battle of Artois. On the 9 May : the Southern pincer : At 05.30 am in the area of the Indian Corps, the lead battalions of the Dehra Dun Brigade of the Meerut Division (2/2nd Ghurkas, 1/4th and 1st Seaforth Highlanders) were so badly hit by enemy fire that no men got beyond their own parapet and the front-line and communications trenches were soon filled with dead and wounded men. British casualties in the Southern pincer on the 09/05/1915 - 1st Division : 3,968 of which 160 Officers, 7th (Meerut) Division : 2,629 of which 94 Officers, 47th (2nd London) Division : 79 of which 2 Officers, 2nd Division : 20 of which no Officers. The 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders casualties - 509, of which 21 Officers. George is also remembered on the St John's Church and Stewarts and Lloyds Rolls of Honour (see photos). See photos for George's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Le Touret Memorial Panel List, his name on the Le Touret Memorial, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, the Seaforth Highlanders Cap Badge and George's Pension Records x 4.

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