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Corporal A Kealey


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Corporal Alfred KEALEY, G/2127, 7th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, (gas shell, lethal), 17 Casualty Clearing Station, France, 25th July 1917,  age 25.

Born Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent, son of Alfred and Annie Kealey, of Yaldham Manor, Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent.

Enlisted  Tunbridge Wells, Kent, age 23 years & 273 days, height 5ft 9½ inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, light hair, satisfactory artificial teeth. Formerly gardener.

Home, 31st August 1914 to 25th July 1915; BEF, 26th July 1915 to 5th October 1916; Home, 6th October 1916 to 22nd May 1917; BEF, 23rd May 1917 to 25th July 1917.

31st August 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 10th September 1914, posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th July 1915, embarked; 15th January 1916, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 15th March 1916, appointed Lance Corporal; 5th October 1916, 13 General Hospital, Boulogne, wounded, gun shot wound multiple severe (face, shoulder, side), to Hospital Ship, St David, transferred to England; 6th October 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 6th October 1916 to 1st February 1917, Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield, fractured lower jaw, large piece of shell removed; 16th February 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd May 1917, posted BEF, & 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; Corporal; 11th June 1917, proceeded to join Battalion, In the Field.

18th July 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Alfred Kealey, Yaldham Manor, Kemsing, near Sevenoaks, Kent; Mother, Annie Kealey, Yaldham Manor, Kemsing, near Sevenoaks, Kent; Sister - Dorothy Kealey, age 26, Yaldham Manor, Kemsing, near Sevenoaks, Kent.

Buried at  Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, XVI. H. 13., Belgium. Commemorated on Ightham War Memorial, Kent.


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