The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Edward Kelly

KELLY, Edward

Edward Kelly was born in Granard, Co Longford on the 4th of November 1897 to Michael Kelly and Rose Reilly. He was the third of their six children, all boys except the youngest, Kate. Michael Kelly worked as an Agricultural Labourer and the family lived at various addresses in the town. In 1901 they were in Ball Alley, in 1911 in Dublin Street and later in Parnell Row.

Edward enlisted in the R.A.F. on the 3rd of September 1918 giving his date of birth as April, presumably to appear older than he was. It is not known at which of the six R.A.F. bases in Ireland his training took place. He was presumably travelling to England to take up a position or for further training when he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October 1918. There were fifteen R.A.F. personnel on board that day, only one of whom survived. Edward Kelly did not, nor was his body recovered.

His name is recorded on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton.


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