John Edward KELLY
Rank: Private
Number: 25120
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 21 January 1916
Age: 45
Cemetery: Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Somme, France

John's parents, John & Ann Kelly, came from Stockport and he had been born in the town. He worked as a labourer in a local iron foundry. He was married to Elizabeth and they lived at 55 Ardenfield Road, with their child.

The local newspaper, reporting his death, noted that he had "rejoined" his Regiment in January 1915. If this is accurate then it suggests that John was probably a regular soldier in his younger life. However, he must have left the army several years before as, if he was still a reservist, he would have been recalled when War was decalred in August 1914.

On the day he was killed, John was in trenches between the villages of Bray and Fricourt, some 6 kilometres south east of the town of Albert. The Battalion's War Diary makes no mention of any casualties only recording that it was a "very fine day". John was almost certainly killed by a sniper or enemy shellfire.

In the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission was collating next-of-kin information, Elizabeth had moved to 2 Dunstan's Court, Angel Street, in the Higher Hillgate area of town.

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