Tribute to Private Edward (Eddy) Kelly
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19939 7th/ 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers
who died aged 24, on 22nd August 1917
in Vlamertinghe, Belgium
Son of James Kelly and Alice Kelly,
of Treenadulla, Beigh, Dromahair
Remembered with honour
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Edward (known to all as Eddy) Kelly was born in Treenadulla in 1896.

According to the 1901 Census of Ireland Eddy, then aged 7, and the family were living with their grandmother in Treenadulla, Killarga. The grandmother Anne Kelly (on the census as “listed as married” but with no husband’s name given), is shown as the head of household, and the other occupiers are Eddy’s parents James (35, farmer) his wife Alice (dtr in law), Eddy (7), Patt (5), Mary (4), James (2) and Con (3 months).

According the “Soldiers Died” listing at the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, Eddy’s listing states “Educated, Glasgow”. If this is correct it indicates that at some point after the Ireland 1901 census, the family moved to Glasgow. (Unfortunately the 1911 census for Scotland, which would give us details and exact location of the family immediately prior to the Great War, will not be available to the public until 2011, as they are subject to a 100 year disclosure law.)

So far I’ve been unable to trace details of where and when Eddy enlisted.

If you are interested in researching the movements of Eddy’s battalion, it’s important to understand that, due to severe ongoing losses (and widespread accusations that the Irish were deliberately used as cannon fodder to save British casualities), there was an ongoing amalgamton and redesignation of Irish regiments during the Great War.

Eddy’s group - the 7th/ 8th Batallion Royal Irish Fusiliers, along with the 7th/ 8th Royal Inniskilling Fusliers, made up the 49th Irish Brigade, which of itself was part of the 16th Irish Division of the British Army.

There’s a reallly excellent and comprehansive site devoted to the forgotten 16th Irish Division at:

Thanks to the kind co-operation of Jonathan Maguire, Researcher at the Royal Irish Fusiliers Musuem in Armagh, I’ve managed to track down some paperwork relating to Eddy’s death, which enables us to get some idea of his last movements.  tracing my family roots
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