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John Bell Kelly, Sgt

Birthplace: Cloonbur, Galway, Ireland
Death: Died in Transvaal, South Africa
Cause of death: South African Conflict (Boer War 1899-1902): Died of Wounds
Place of Burial: Primrose Cemetery, Germiston, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Kelly and Bridget Jane Bell
Brother of Elizabeth Annie Kelly; Thomas Henry Kelly; William Kelly; Sarah Jane Kelly; Richard S Kelly and 4 others

Occupation: Soldier
Managed by: Private User
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About John Bell Kelly, Sgt

John Bell Kelly was killed during the Battle of Bakenlaagte in Transvaal whilst fighting in the South African War (Boer War) (1899-1902). Biography of John Bell Kelly by Debbie McCauley:


According to the Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll, John held the rank of Lieutenant in the 2nd Scottish Horse, The Marquis of Tullibardine (Regimental Number: 31643). He served in the South African conflict (Boer War 1899-1902), but was killed on 30 October 1901 at the Battle of Bakenlaagte in Transvaal, South Africa, the last major battle of the war. This battle occurred during the guerrilla phase of the war. The battle saw the Eastern Transvaal Boer commandos of Generals Grobler, Brits, Viljoen and Louis Botha attack and defeat the rear guard of Colonel Benson’s much feared No 3 Flying Column while it was in marching formation to its base camp. The troops were outnumbered four to one. John’s remains were buried in the Germiston (Primrose) Cemetery, South Africa.


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John Bell Kelly, Sgt's Timeline

December 28, 1869
Galway, Ireland
October 30, 1901
Age 31
Transvaal, South Africa
Age 31
Primrose Cemetery, Germiston, South Africa