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- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 1864
- Rank: Private
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion
- Place of Death:
- Age at Death:
- Date of Death: 29/06/1915
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez
- Grave/Mem Ref no: XVII.D.25.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Port Glasgow
- Address: 36 St Mary St, Dundee
- Occupation: Shipyard Labourer
Margaret Kelly, 36 St Mary St, Dundee
Isaac, born 10.11.1907, Daniel, born 02.03.1911 & William, born 25.09.1913
More about Daniel Kelly
4th BLACK WATCH MEN KILLED IN “DUG-OUT” BY GERMAN SHELL. Private Daniel Kelly, 4th Black Watch, whose home was at 36 St Mary Street, Dundee has been killed in a “dug-out” by an enemy shell.
Writing to deceased’s wife under date 30th June, Captain N. C. Walker, A Company, states: – “It is my painful duty to inform you of the death of your husband, No. 1864 Private D. Kelly of my Company. A heavy shell landed in a “dug-out” occupied by him and a comrade, Private Lyon, and death must have been instantaneous in both cases. Their bodies were carried down by some men of No. 4 Platoon, and will be buried to-day in the cemetery, where the late officer Lieutenant Weinberg, lies. Your husband had been in my Company for some considerable time before the war, and I have known him well as a good soldier, and he was ever a very cheerful comrade. He was respected alike by both officers and me, and we all deeply sympathise with you in your sad loss.”
Private Kelly was a man of about 30 years of age. He leaves a widow and three young children. Before being connected with the Territorials deceased had been associated with the Special Reserve for a time. The Evening Telegraph and Post, Thursday, 8 July 1915, 3.
A photograph and further information appeared in ‘The Courier’ next day.
4th BLACK WATCH AGAIN IN TRENCHES. TWO MEN KILLED AND ONE DIES OF WOUNDS. SHELL LANDS IN A DUG-OUT AND KILLS THE OCCUPANTS. Two members of the 4th Black Watch have been killed as the result of the dug-out which they were occupying being struck by a German shell.
One of the victims is Daniel Kelly, who resided at 36 St Mary Street. Deceased was a married man, and a widow and three young children are left to mourn his loss.
Captain N. C. Walker (A Company), in a letter to Mrs Kelly, written in the trenches, states: – “It is my painful duty to inform you of the death of your husband, No. 1864 Private D. Kelly, of my company. A heavy shell landed in the dug-out occupied by him and a comrade, Private Lyon, and death must have been instantaneous in both cases. Their bodies were carried down by some men of No. 4 Platoon, and will be buried to-day in the cemetery where their late officer, Lieut. Weinberg, lies.
“Your husband had been in my Company for some considerable time before the war, and I have known him well as a good soldier, and he was ever a cheerful comrade.”
Private Kelly was about 30 years of age, and prior to the war worked as a shipyard labourer. He had served in the Special Reserve before he became connected with the Territorials.
Private Lyon is understood to have been a carter in the city, who formerly resided in the Dudhope Crescent district. The Courier, Friday, 9 July 1915, 6
Information supplied by Gary Thomson
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