The Men

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T W Y

KELLY, ERNEST CHARLES

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Service No:
Date of Death:
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Grave Reference:
Text on stone:

Rank:
Service No:
Date of Death:
Age:
Regiment/Service:
Grave Reference:
Text on stone:

Private
5342613
17/09/1944
24
Devonshire Regiment 2nd Bn.
II. A. 14.
Never shall his memory fade from his loving dad, brother, sisters and Vera

 

Additional Information:

Son of James Patrick Kelly and Esther May Kelly, of Islington, London.

William Dare served with the 2nd Battalion Devons. On the 17th of September 1944 his unit was part of an operation called “Market Garden”.  The Devons were clearing the flanks for the Irish Guards during their race to reach Arnhem. Next to the road from Lommel, Belgium, toward Valkenswaard, William Dare was killed.

Ernest his brother served as a chaufeur for the commander of the Iris Guards and was very near when Ernest got killed.

More info in the book “De weg naar Valkenswaard”.

In Memory of a Soldier

I write this in the memory
Of a brother born and bred
For whom many a heart is aching
For whom many a tear is shed
He did not gain a medal
He’s no reward to his name
He was no Duke or Lord’s son
But he’s remembered just the same
But no – he would not be beaten
No – not against his will
And I know that somewhere, someplace,
He is living and laughing still
Even in his childhood
The kind things he has done
Made everybody love him,
He was loved by everyone.
But we have one consolation
We know where he is best
He’s out of that roaring battle
In a place where there is rest
I remember you, dear brother,
As we strolled that leafy lane
And I know that sometime darling,
We will be together again

Written by I.G. Beattie

For my brother Ernie killed in action

Original gravesite along the road from Belgium towards Valkenswaard.

Ernest Charles Kelly his family visit the grave.

Original grave marker for Ernest Charles Kelly.

Ernest Charles Kelly.