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Joseph Kelly was born in 1881 at Newark and was the only son of Edward a bricklayers labourer and Matilda Kelly née Cox of 10 Tomlinsons Yard, Newark. His father Edward was born in 1859 at Barnsley and his mother Matilda Cox was born in 1856 in Huntingdon, they were married in 1877 at Newark. Joseph married his wife Fanny Meakin in 1898 their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration district, In the 1911 census Joseph is living at 2 Constantinople Yard, Millgate, Newark, he is shown as being 30 yrs and a gypsum quarryman, he is living with his wife Fanny 36 yrs and their son Alexander 1 year of age. Joseph stated on the census that he been married for 10 yrs and had 4 children. At the time of his death he was living at 48 Millgate Newark.
14 Jun 1918
518850 - CWGC Website
1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Private Joseph Kelly had previously seen service with the Coldstream Guards but was discharged due to ill health. He enlisted at Newark in March 1915 and as a trained soldier went to France almost immediately landing in France on 12th May 1915. He was wounded in action at St. Jean and died from his wounds at Rouen on 14th June 1918 and is buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
Article published 10th July 1918 in the Newark Advertiser :- Only son of late Edward & Mrs Kelly, 48 Millgate, Newark. A native of Newark and attended Christ Church Day School, after which he was employed at Hatton House, with the Rev. T.C. Ewbank, now vicar of Sedgebrook. When he helped in the house and the garden. From thence he went to a situation with Messrs. Quibell Bros. and was with them for a few years. Subsequently he worked under his uncle on the line at Sheffield. He enlisted in the Coldstream Guards over 12 years ago, being discharged on account of ill health. Employed at Messrs. Branstons’ maltkilns before enlisting in March 1915. As a trained soldier was sent to the front immediately and excepting a couple of furloughs he had been continuously in France. Seriously wounded at St. Jean in Aug. 1915. A fine upstanding fellow of five feet, eleven-and-a-half inches and well known in the town. Admitted to Australian Hospital at Rouen suffering from broken legs, smashed jaw and other wounds caused by shrapnel. Underwent two operations but passed away on June 14th. Leaves a widow and six children.
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