Kelcey, Harry

Harry Kelcey, Sgt 953, ‘A’ Bty, 47th Div, Royal Field Artillery
Died 10th October 1916 in France, aged 29

 

EARLY LIFE

Harry Kelcey’s surname has an alternative spelling of Kelsey.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Sgt Kelcey’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 20 October 1916:

DIED OF WOUNDS: WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN BEREAVED – We regret to state that Mrs Kelsey, Edward Street, off Oxford Road, Macclesfield, has been informed that her son, Battery-Quartermaster-Sergt Harry Kelsey, RFA, died in hospital at Rouen on October 10th from wounds received in action in France. The sister of the hospital also wrote to Mrs Kelsey.

The deceased soldier was 29 years of age and was born in London, his parents coming to Macclesfield some years ago. He was educated at the City of Westminster School, and prior to enlistment was employed as a clerk by the London County Council. QMS Kelsey served in the London territorials prior to the outbreak of was, and was drafted out to France a year ago last March. He leaves a widow and four children, who are now living in Macclesfield. He has two brothers serving: Robert, who is in the RAMC, and Alfred, and engine-room artificer in the Navy, which he joined when sixteen years of age.

 

COMMEMORATION

Sgt Harry Kelcey is buried in Grave Ref. B. 16. 22. in the St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Sgt Harry Kelcey.

In Macclesfield, Sgt Harry Kelcey is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, and St Michael’s Church war memorials.


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