William John Skelly

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: 307139
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps
  • Unit/Ship: HIghland Casualty Clearing Station
  • Place of Death:
  • Age at Death: 28
  • Date of Death: 21/06/1917
  • Burial Country: Scotland
  • Cemetery: Balgay Cemetery, Dundee
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: WWI Memorial Wall, BB. 4. 631D.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 52 Cotton Road, Dundee
  • Occupation: Machineman, Keay, David & Leslie, Hillbank Ironworks, Dundee
  • Mother:
  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Rose Skelly, 52 Cotton Rd, Dundee

  • Children:

    William, born 16.02.1911, Thomas, born 14.10.1912 & Rose, born 26.08.1915

More about William John Skelly

Private William John Skelly died of wounds on 21st June 1917. He is remembered on the WWI memorial in Balgay Cemetery, Dundee. There is also a memorial granite bench, dedicated to William Skelly near the Cross of Sacrifice on the main road through Balgay Cemetery, which was erected by his son Thomas.

William Skelly   307139   R.A.M.C.


Mrs William Skelly, 52 Cotton Road, has received notification that her husband, Private William Skelly, R.A.M.C., is lying seriously wounded in a hospital in Leeds, where he has had his leg amputated.

Private Skelly, who is 28 years of age, enlisted two and a half years ago, and has spent most of that period at the front.  Previous to enlistment he was employed as a machineman with Messrs Keay, David, and Leslie, Hillbank Ironworks, Dundee.  He was a well-known junior footballer in the city.

Dundee Courier 4th June 1917

Information kindly supplied by Jim Flood. Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell and Scott Galloway.

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