Thomas John Kelly

KOYLILance Corporal, 21573, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died at home, 15th August 1915, aged 26

Born at Eastoft in 1889, the elder brother of Bernard, Thomas was the eldest son and one of the seven children of Thomas and Ann Kelly. Both of his parents were agricultural labourers from Ireland.

The family lived in Crowle in the late 1890’s and by 1901 had moved to Moor Farm, Reedness. Mrs Kelly had died by 1911 when family lived in the High Street, Swinefleet. Thomas Snr still working as a farm labourer, Thomas a dock labourer and younger brother, Bernard was a farm waggoner. When the brothers enlisted in the army, they both gave their address as 42 Cooper Street, Old Goole.

Thomas enlisted in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at Goole in 1914 or early 1915. His service record is unknown but in summer 1915 he was a Lance Corporal with the 3rd Battalion, a reserve training unit, based at Hull Barracks. It was here in August 1915 that Thomas Kelly died. He is buried in the Western Cemetery, Hull.

Thomas is remembered on Swinefleet War Memorial.