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2347   Rifleman James Kelly
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 21/03/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 34
James Kelly was the son of Mary Kelly. James was born in Maghera about 1882.The 1911 census lists the only Mary Kelly in Maghera living at house 3 in Dead Lane, Maghera. James and his brother were both general labourers. He could neither read nor write. James Kelly enlisted in Belfast. Rifleman James Kelly was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Tuesday 21st Mar 1916. He is believed to have been about 34 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Rue-du-Bois Military Cemetery
  Fleurbaix, Pas de Calais
Grave Ref: Grave I-E-41
CWGC Casualty 292193
The village of Fleurbaix is approximately 5 kilometres south-west of Armentieres and Rue-du-Bois Military Cemetery is 3 kilometres south-west of the village.
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Kane family 1901 census lists James as age 27 living with the family at house 3 in Dead Lane, Maghera, Londonderry
2 National Archives of Ireland *** Last Will and Testament of Rifleman James Kelly
3 National Archives UK Possible medal card of Kelly, James Royal Irish Rifles Regiment No: 3/234
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman James Kelly's grave can be purchased here
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