John Kelly

John James Kelly

Personal Details

John James Kelly was born in Toxeth, Liverpool in 1885 and was the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Kelly.

He was husband of Elizabeth (nee Gearing) Kelly, of 11, Rosemary Lane, Whitchurch and father of Robert Ernest.

John worked as a Marine Engineer, and was member of the Territorials in August 1914. He landed in France on the 21st February 1915.

Military Details

Regiment : 1/5th Battalion (Territorial) The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)
Rank : Rifleman
Service Number : 2676

Died of Wounds; United Kingdom 1st August 1916 Age 31

Medals and Awards
John was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

Further Information

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Information provided by Terry Evanson Whitchurch, Shropshire and Whitchurch Museum and Archives


John Kelly — 1 Comment

  1. I have up dated the information for John James Kelly

    John was born in Ramsey, I.O.M. in 1885 the only child of John Robert a Tramway motorman, and Mary Ann Kelly
    In 1910 John was living in Liverpool working as Drapers assistant, he married Elizabeth Duckers (Born in Newtown Street, Whitchurch ) they had two children. When John died of his wounds in the Princess Christian Military Hospital, Dorset, Elizabeth returned to live in Whitchurch with her parents at 22 Newtown Street

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