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Lance Corporal Fred Kelley


Ackrills 1915/105

LCpl F Kelley, 1/5th West Yorks, of Chatsworth Grove, Harrogate


Claro Times 27th March 1915

Photo Lance Corporal F Kelley, 5th West Yorkshire Regiment, is the hon. Treasurer of the Harrogate Old Boys Football Club. He joined his regiment at the outbreak of war, and is now clerk at Headquarters West Riding Infantry Brigade, in South Lincolnshire.


Harrogate Herald - 21st July 1915

No fewer than four Harrogate lads have fallen in action this week : Lance Corporal Arnold [Ellis] Day; Lance Corporal Kelley [Probably Fred Kelly], 5th West Yorks; Private W A Haley, 5th West Yorks; Private J [John] Brown, 1/5th West Yorks. Their portraits appear on our picture page.


Harrogate Herald - 21st July 1915

Members of the Harrogate Old Boys Football Club, and St Luke's Cricket Club, and his many friends would hear with regret of the death of Lance Corporal F Kelley, 5th West Yorks, who died 15th July, 1915, at No. 2 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, from wounds. Corporal F Kelley, married the daughter of the late Mr Edwin Wright, for very many years the drummer in the old Harrogate Volunteers. Kelley, who was in the National Reserve, volunteered at the outbreak of the war, and was drafted into the 1/5th West Yorks, and went out with them in April. He played for many years withy the Harrogate Old Boys, and just before the war occupied the important posts of hon. Secretary and treasurer in the same organisation.


Claro Times - 23rd July 1915

In our last issue we were in the happy position of stating that no further news of casualties among Harrogate men had reached us, but within a few hours of publication arrived the information that Lance Corporal Fred Kelley and Lance Corporal A E Day, both of the 5th West Yorkshires, had died as a result of wounds received in action.

Photo - Lance Corporal Kelley was perhaps best known for his long connection with the Harrogate Old Boys Football Club. He had played for the club, and in later years served them well as hon. Treasurer, and when he enlisted last year held the joint positions of hon. Secretary and hon. Treasurer. He was a son of Mr J T Kelley of St Clair Street, Otley, formerly a West Riding Police Sergeant, and had for eleven years been a valued clerk at the office of Messrs Hirst and Capes, solicitors. A large circle of friends will mourn his decease, and sympathise deeply with Mrs Kelley in her great loss. Always courteous and obliging, with a genial temperament which made him popular with all, his acquaintance was a privilege, and his noble death has robbed Harrogate of a worthy citizen.


Harrogate Herald - 18th July 1917

In loving memory of Lance Corporal Fred Kelley, 5th West Yorks Regiment, died of wounds in Boulogne, July 15th, 1915 - From his wife.


Harrogate Herald 14th July 1920

In loving memory of my dear husband, Lance Corporal Fred Kelley, 1/5th West Yorks, died of wounds in France, July 16th, 1915 From Annie and Mrs Wright.



Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 1/5th Battalion

2012 LCpl Fred Kelly [sic]

Born : Old Coats, Nottingham

Enlisted : York

Residence : Harrogate

Died of Wounds : 15th July 1915

France and Flanders



In Memory of


Corporal 2012 1st/5th Bn., West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales's Own) who died on Thursday, 15th July 1915. Age 33.

Additional Information:

Son of John Thomas and Isabel Kelley, of Otley, Yorks; husband of Annie Kelley, of Harrogate.

Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/Panel Number:

VIII. B. 61.


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