Diamond War Memorial Project

Lance Sergeant Robert (Bobbie) Kelly

9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers, attached to Tyrone Volunteers). Regimental Number 27250
Born: ---- Died: 1917-08-16 Aged: 21 Enlisted: Londonderry.

Name recorded on Murray Parent Club of Apprentice Boys of Derry 1914-18 War Roll of Honour. Name also listed on Tyne Cot Memorial, and commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Robert (born 1853/54, and worked as a general labourer circa 1901) and Ellen (born 1862/63) Kelly, Fountain Place / 18, Mountjoy Street, Londonderry. Brother of Jane (born 1882/83, and worked as a machinist circa 1901); John (born 1884/85, and worked as an apprentice carpenter circa 1901); Nellie (born 1892/93); and James (born 1900/01). Possibly brother of Thomas Herbert Kelly, who married Annie Elizabeth Ellinor (Elsie), second daughter of Mr and Mrs Matthew Allison, Convoy, County Donegal, on July 10, 1930, at Convoy Presbyterian Church.

Major Muriel, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Tyrone Volunteers), wrote to Lance Sergeant Kelly's father at time of death informing him that his son was 'a fine N.C.O. and will be a great loss to the battalion, as also to all his comrades. He died the death of a brave man, facing the enemy.' Reverend John Redmond, C.F., wrote, 'He was a brave man in face of great peril, and could be relied on in circumstances of difficulty. He was faithful even unto death in the discharge of his duty, and what greater or nobler thing could be said of any man? He is much missed both by the officers and men of his company. He has made the greatest sacrifice a man can make for a great and holy cause, and you have good reason to be proud of his memory.'

Robert, Mrs Robert, Jeannie, Nellie and Robert Kelly, 18, Mountjoy Street, signed the 1912 Ulster Covenant pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.