William David Kelly

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 225
  • Rank: Private
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Gordon Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
  • Place of Death: Belgium
  • Age at Death: 24
  • Date of Death: 29.10.1914
  • Burial Country: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 38

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Aberdeen
  • Address: c/o Tweedie, 90 Overgate, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Lilias Kelly, 5 Powis Lane, Aberdeen

  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Wife, 90 Overgate Dundee

  • Children:

More about William David Kelly

William has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.

William D. Kelly   225   Gordon Highlanders

AN ECHO OF THE RETREAT FROM MONS.

DUNDEE SOLDIER’S FATE.

Official intimation has not yet been received as to the fate of Lance-Corporal William D. Kelly, a Dundee man, belonging to the 2d Gordon Highlanders, but it is to be feared that he was killed in action during the retreat from Mons.

His wife, who resided at 90 Overgate, Dundee, received notice from the War Office that her husband had been missing since 29th October.  She instituted inquires, and in a letter from a member of the same regiment, who had a photograph of Kelly, was informed that the opinion was generally held that the lance-corporal was one of 50 men who had fallen into a German trap and had been blown up.  Kelly, who was 24 years of age, had been six years in the Gordons, and had been only one week at the front when he was reported missing.

Dundee Courier 8th July 1915

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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