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Kelly, Henry

Date of birth:
July 10th, 1887 (Collyhurst/Lancashire, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
January 18th, 1960 (Prestwich/Lancashire, United Kingdom)
Buried on:
Manchester Southern Cemetery
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Temporary Second-Lieutenant
Awarded on:
November 25th, 1916
"For most conspicuous bravery in an attack. He twice rallied his company under the heaviest fire, and finally led the only three available men into the enemy trench, and there remained bombing until two of them had become casualties and enemy reinforcements had arrived. He then carried his Company Sergeant Major, who had been wounded, back to our trenches, a distance of 70 yards, and subsequently three other soldiers. He set a fine example of gallantry and endurance."
Victoria Cross (VC)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Acting Captain
Awarded on:
September 24th, 1918
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Ave, on the night of the 21/22nd June, 1918, when in charge of a company and a half in a raid. Despite a bright moon, he successfully assembled his party and attacked, killing a large number of the enemy and capturing thirty-one prisoners and two machine-guns. His gallantry and fine leadership were largely responsible for the success of the raid"
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Temporary Captain
Awarded on:
April 2nd, 1919
"On the 27th October, 1918, in the attack in the enemy positions across the Piave, he led his company with greatest dash and gallantry to the capture of all its objectives. His coolness and utter disregard of danger under heavy fire of all description inspired all ranks, and by his skillful leadership his company succeeded in taking many machine-guns and several hundred prisoners."

Awarded as bar on the ribbon of the first medal
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
Rank:
Commandente Generale
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Defence Medal 1939-1945
King George VI Coronation Medal
Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Medal 1953

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