Private John Tannahill Kelly

Biography of Private John Tannahill Kelly

John Tannahill Kelly was born on the 4th March 1895 at Clydeview, in Bridgeton, Glasgow. He was the son of James Kelly, a Minister of Dalmarnock Parish, and Helen Kelly (née Adie), who had married on the 2nd December 1879, Old Deer, Aberdeenshire. John attended Hutchesons Grammar School before matriculating at the University aged 17 to study for an Arts degree.

John was a student at the University for two years, studying Latin and Mathematics in his first year and English and History in his second. He particularly excelled in English, and was awarded a certificate for his efforts during his final year of study. The outbreak of war prevented James from completing his degree and he enrolled in the Army, serving with the 25th Coy. Machine Gun Corps.

Private John Tannahill Kelly was killed action on the 31st July 1917, aged 22. He is memorialised at the Menin Gate of the Ypres Memorial.


Private John Tannahill Kelly
Rank: Private
Regiment: 25th Coy Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 31 July 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A


University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry records (GUAS Ref: R8/5/33/3 and SEN10/57).

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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