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   Major Henry Newton Kelly
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 02/02/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 33rd Punjabis, Indian Army (Indian Army)
Date Of Birth: 24/01/1870
Died: 25/09/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 45
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Henry Newton Kelly was the son of Henry Russell and Mary Howard Kelly. Henry was in Killymeal, Dungannon. Henry’s father was a Dublin-born solicitor. His mother was from Dungannon. Henry spent most of his life in the Army and lived in India. Major Henry Newton Kelly of the 33rd Punjabis was killed in action near Moulin-du-Pietre on 25th September 1915. He was aged 45.
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Henry Newton Kelly was the son of Henry Russell Kelly and Mary Howard Kelly. Henry was born on 24th January 1870 in Killymeal, Dungannon. Henry's father was a Dublin-born solicitor. His mother was from Dungannon.
Henry Kelly was educated at Charterhouse and Sandhurst.
The London Gazette of 2nd May 1890 records The Royal Irish Regiment, Henry Newton Kelly (vice J. S. M. Shea), promoted at the age of 20.
He took part in the North-West Frontier operations in 1898, and in the present war was stationed on the Suez Canal for a time.
The 1901 census shows the family living at 1 Howard Terrace, Dungannon. His father was practicing as a solicitor. Henry was not living with the family.
The London Gazette of 5th February 1904 records the promotion to captain of Captain Henry Newton Kelly, and his transfer to the 55th Coke's Rifles (Frontier Force) from the Royal Irish Regiment. Dated 23rd September, 1903, but to rank from 1st January, 1897.
Beatrice Maude Ismay was born on 9 Oct 1883 in Friars Bank Terrace, Dunbar, Waddington, Scotland. She was christened on 23 Nov 1883 in St. Stephen, Paddington, Westminster, Middlesex, England. Beatrice married Henry Newton Kelly on 3 Feb 1904 in Nagpur, Bengal, India.
Marriage details: Groom name Henry Newton Kelly, Groom birth date 1870, Groom age in years 34, Bride name Beatrice Maud Ismay, Bride birth date 1884, Bride age in years 20, Marriage date 03 Feb 1904. Marriage place Nagpur, Bengal, India, Father of groom name Henry Russell Kelly, Father of bride name Stanley Ismay, Batch number M75038-6, Record group India-Easy, Film number 527522.
The London Gazette of 26th June 1908 records that Henry Newton Kelly, 83rd Punjabis, was promoted from Captain to Major. on 3rd May, 1908.
The book 'With the Indians in France' by James Willcocks records Major Kelly's death.
“As a Captain and Staff Officer at Delhi, I had been present when the old 33rd Regiment of 'Bengal Infantry' was mustered out, and the '33rd Punjabi Mahomedans' took their place. I had again seen them at Delhi, when commanding the Northern Army, and I only missed them by a day in Flanders. They may rest content in the knowledge that although the last to join the Corps they were not the least in the share they took on 25th September 1915, before Mauquissart, and to this fact their long list of casualties attests. Killed and missing: Major Kelly, Captains Price and MacCall, Lieutenant Grasett (attached from 28th Punjabis). The Commanding Officer, Colonel Ridgway, and Captain Vincent were wounded. Five Indian officers were also killed or missing and three were wounded, a total of fourteen officers all told. Of other ranks eighty- seven were killed or missing and 160 wounded. The senior Indian officer, Subadar-Major Bahadur Khan, and the senior Jemadar, Akbar Ali, were among the killed.”
Major Henry Newton Kelly of the 33rd Punjabis was killed in action near Moulin-du-Pietre on 25th September 1915. He was aged 45.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 5th October 1915: Missing - Major H N Kelly
Major Henry N Kelly, 33rd Punjabis, Indian Army, officially reported wounded and missing, and believed to have been killed, was the eldest son of the late Mr. Henry R Kelly, solicitor, Dungannon, and was a native of that town. He was educated at Charterhouse and Sandhurst, and entered the Royal Irish Regiment in 1899, subsequently transferring to the Indian Army, with which he has spent most of his career. He took part in the North-West Frontier operations in 1898, and in the present war was stationed on the Suez Canal for a time. He leaves behind a wife and family. His brother, Colonel Courtney Russell Kelly, is in command of an artillery battalion in Flanders.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 7th October 1915 : Major H N Kelly Missing
The relatives of Major Henry N Kelly, 33rd Punjabis, have received official intimation that he has been wounded and is missing during the recent severe fighting in Flanders and is believed to have been killed. Major Kelly was the eldest son of the late Mr. Henry Kelly, solicitor, Dungannon and cousin of Mr Robert Newton, J.P., Killymeal, and was a native of Dungannon. He had been educated at Charterhouse and Sandhurst, and adopting a military career as a profession, he held a commission in the Royal Irish Regiment. He had afterwards joined the Indian Army. His brother, Colonel C. R Kelly, is commanding the 113th Battery Royal Field Artillery in Flanders.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 28th October 1915: Major Kelly's Death Confirmed
The official list of casualties issued on Thursday evening states Major H Kelly, 33rd Punjabis, previously reported wounded and missing, believed killed, is now reported killed. Little hope was entertained of his safety from the first, and the War Office notice now confirms the news of his death. Major Kelly, as previously announced was the eldest son of the late Henry R Kelly, solicitor, Dungannon.
Major Kelly is interred in at Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France.
His brother, Colonel Courtney Russell Kelly, also served. At the time of Henry’s death he was in command of the 113th Battery Royal Field Artillery in Flanders.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 4th June 1917:
Lieutenant Colonel Courtenay R Kelly, Royal Garrison Artillery, son of the late Mr Henry Russell Kelly, Dungannon. His brother, Major Henry Newton Kelly, 33rd Punjabis, was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915.
Major Kelly is also commemorated on a plaque in St Anne's Church of Ireland in Dungannon. The plaque reads:
In loving memory of Major Henry Newton Kelly 33rd Punjabis. Born in Killymeal, Dungannon 24th January 1870. Killed in action 25th September 1915
The CWGC records Son of Henry Russell Kelly. It also record Henry as the husband of M. Alves (formerly Kelly), of The Priory, Lansdown Rd., Cheltenham, England. This implies his widow remarried.
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1 1890 Henry Kelly promotion London Gazette records Henry Kelly promotion (to Lieutenant?)
2 1901 Census lists Kelly family Does not list Henry as living with the family at house 1 in Howard Terrace, Dungannon
3 1903 Henry Kelly promotion London Gazette records Henry Kelly promotion to Captain
4 1904 Marriage Details Marriage details of Henry Kelly
5 1904 Marriage of Henry and Beatrice Kelly Beatrice Ismay family tree
6 1908 Henry Kelly promotion London Gazette records Henry Kelly promotion from Captain to Major
7 Book on Amazon 'With the Indians in France' - James Willcocks
8 Charterhouse School Memorial Details including grave photo
9 eBook records Henry Kelly death Book: With the Indians in France - James Willcocks
10 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Henry Newton Kelly's headstone can be purchased here.
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