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Francis Kelly was from Burnley and enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 25th February 1914. He sailed to France on 4th January 1915 to join the 1st Battalion and was discharged due to wounds on 23rd September 1918 having been treated at the Star and Garter hospital in Richmond, Surrey.

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Frank met and married Ada Edith Mackway in 1918 and worked for the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory for the rest of his life in Richmond.

For his war service Frank was given the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal. When he was discharged he was given the Silver War Badge number B15270 and there is a note on his card saying the Silver War Badge was lost but found and returned by police in June 1920.FK medal

Unfortunately it appears that his service and pension papers were destroyed by bombing during the blitz as so many were.


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One Response to 2447 PTE. F. KELLY. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. Sharon Row says:

    Thanks 🙂 I hope to now find out where the 1st Battalion went and what they did between 1914 and 1918 🙂

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