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Sergeant B. G. J. Kelly, 1st Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 2 months 2 weeks ago #55548

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"Cardiff, in common with the many other towns in all parts of the kingdom, has cause to mourn the death of one of its sons while fighting on the fields of South Africa. Sergeant B. G. J. Kelly, of the 1st Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, who fell in the charge upon the Boer trenches at Magersfontein, came with his parents to Cardiff in 1896, his father up to that time being bandmaster in the regiment to which Sergeant Kelly was attached, and which formed a section of Lord Methuen's forces on the advance to Kimberley."

Evening Express, 19th December 1899

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Sergeant B. G. J. Kelly, 1st Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 2 months 2 weeks ago #55550

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A truly superb photograph, I had long admired "The Rory's" they were a magnificent regiment from their inception, although, badly mauled at wretched Magersfontein, certainly no fault of their own, their Brigade had been commanded by an idiot.

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Sergeant B. G. J. Kelly, 1st Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 2 months 2 weeks ago #55559

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British Memorial in the West End Cemetery, Kimberley.



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Sergeant B. G. J. Kelly, 1st Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 2 months 1 week ago #55561

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Thanks, Elmarie.

It could well be that the extra initial 'G." was a mistake on the part of the newspaper. There's no, as far as I can find, either a B. G. J. or B. J. Kelly resident in Scotland in the 1891 census, so perhaps he or his father was serving abroad then

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Sergeant B. G. J. Kelly, 1st Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 2 months 1 week ago #55562

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The Register and Soldier's Effects shows intials as "BJG". His mother was called "Barbara". He enlisted at Aldershot in 1891, a son of the army or Welsh? His name is on the Welsh National Memorial.
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Sergeant B. G. J. Kelly, 1st Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 2 months 1 week ago #55565

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It was certainly not the case that everyone serving in the Highland regiments actually came from Scotland, although, most did, a superb image though, his cantle, in particular, is magnificent.

BereniceUK wrote: Thanks, Elmarie.

It could well be that the extra initial 'G." was a mistake on the part of the newspaper. There's no, as far as I can find, either a B. G. J. or B. J. Kelly resident in Scotland in the 1891 census, so perhaps he or his father was serving abroad then

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