Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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30/12/2015 'His warfare is o'er, his battles fought,
30/12/2015 Henry Mitchell Kelly was the youngest son of John and Rebecca (Hadden) Kelly of Mochan, Castlecaulfield, Co. Tyrone. He was born in Castlecaulfield on 19th May 1892.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census record Mitchell as 10 years old, living with the family at Moghan, Clonavaddy, Tyrone. His family was farmers.
30/12/2015 Family: John Kelly, Rebecca Kelly, Martha Kelly (born about 1878), Lizzie Kelly (born about 1878), William John Kelly (born about 1880), Joseph Kelly (born about 1881), Stewart Kelly (born about 1884), Emma J Kelly (born about 1889), Henry Mitchell Kelly (born about 1891).
30/12/2015 The 1911 census shows that Henry Mitchell no longer lived with the family. He was 19 and living in Scotch Street in Dungannon, working as a draper. He served his apprenticeship to the drapery business with Mr W S Johnston of Dungannon.
30/12/2015 Henry Mitchell Kelly was living in Coleraine when he enlisted in April 1915.
30/12/2015 Private Henry Mitchell Kelly was serving with the 1st/6th Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) when he died on 3rd April 1916, age 24.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 13 April 1916:
30/12/2015 Intimation has been received in Coleraine of the death in action of Corporal Henry M Kelly, Black Watch, son of Mrs J Kelly, Riverdale, Castlecaulfield.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 22nd April 1916:
30/12/2015 KELLY Killed in action on 3 April 1916, Sergeant Henry Mitchell Kelly, black Watch, son of John Kelly, Mohan, Castlecaulfield
30/12/2015 His victory won, though dearly bought;
30/12/2015 His fresh young life could not be saved;
30/12/2015 He now sleeps in France in a soldier's grave.'
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 22nd April 1916:
30/12/2015 As already briefly mentioned, Sergeant Henry Mitchell Kelly, Black Watch, has been killed in action. His mother, Mrs John Kelly, Mohan, Castlecaulfield, has received the following letter from his company commander:-
30/12/2015 'Dear Mrs Kelly, last Monday evening, 3rd April, the enemy sprang a mine and the vibration brought down part of our trench, killing and hurting some of my men. Your son was at his post waiting and watching, and I am very sorry to inform you that he was in the place most affected. His comrades went to his assistance at once, but I deeply regret to inform you we found he had laid down his life for his country. He had only recently joined us, and in addition to favourable reports from the Home Battalion, we were impressed by his fine physique and ability. As his company commander, I feel his loss greatly, and as a fellow countryman I offer you my deepest sympathy, in which my brother officers join me. He was buried last evening, and the service was conducted by one of our chaplains in a small village well back, where there is a graveyard for our troops. I shall take steps to have you informed of the name of the village later. Believe me, yours truly, W P Campbell, Captain'
30/12/2015 The late Sergeant Kelly, who was only 22 years of age, volunteered in April 1915, from Coleraine. He has served his apprenticeship to the drapery business with the late Mr W S Johnston, Dungannon, and had held good positions in the firms of Austin & Co, Derry, Anderson & Co, Omagh, and J S Anderson & Son, Coleraine.
30/12/2015 He then worked for Austin & Co, in Derry, then for Anderson & Co in Omagh, and finally for J S Anderson & Son, Coleraine.
30/12/2015 Corporal H M Kelly is buried in Maroeuil British Cemetery, France.
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