The Men

The Men

Sunday, 19 January 2014

* Corporal James Kelly

James Kelly was a pupil in High School from 1911 to 1912. He died when he was just 18 years and 3 months old - making him the youngest past pupil 
to die in the Great War. He is of the same age and even younger than current 6th Year pupils. When he was attending High School, he was living at 5 in Almeida Avenue, Usher's Quay, Dublin, (Census 1911), with his mother Edith and young brother, Wilfred Gregory, aged two.  Lucky for this young boy - he was too young to go to war.

 After leaving The High School, at the age of 15 years, he found employment as a fitter at Guinness's brewery, St. James’s Gate.  (Employee no. 12931).  The 1911 census tells us that his father, James Kelly Senior, also was also 'Foreman Fitter in Brewery'.  He stayed there from 23rd October 1912 to 13th August, 1914, leaving just two weeks after WWI began.  One year and one month later, he was dead;  like eleven other High School 'old boys', he was killed at Gallipoli.  
Source: Michelle Burrowes

Corporal James Kelly, was the son of James Kelly and Lancashire-born Edith Crook. They lived at 9 Tower Avenue, Rathgar, and at the outbreak of the war he was in the Engineering Department of Messrs. Guinness, Son and Co., but at once offered his services and joined the “Pals” Battalion. He was prominent in the formation of the 1st City of Dublin Cadets, in which he was Colour Sergeant, and was selected as one of the Cadet Guard of Honour at the Coronation of King George V. He was attached to the signalling section of the “Pals” Battalion, and was present at the memorable landing at Suvla Bay on August 6th. He was killed on September 20th  last.
Source: Irish Life Magazine 26 November 1915 (David Power)

Source: UK, Commonwealth War Graves,
Name: James Kelly
Birth Place: Wigan
Death Date: 20 Sep 1915
Death Location: Gallipoli
Enlistment Location: Dublin
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Battalion: 7th Battalion
Number: 13832
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Balkan Theatre

Special Memorial D. 5. Green Hill Cemetery in Turkey. (Initially buried in) Bottom Wood Cemetery, (CWGC)Source:

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