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John George Kilkelly

Rank: Captain
Town/Village: Monkstown, Co. Dublin
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Ennis, Co. Clare; Lisnamuck, Longford; Mossfort, Tuam, Co. Galway
Census 1901: Resident at Lisnamuck, Longford
Census 1911: At barracks at Nowshera, Punjab, India (now Pakistan) with the Royal Munsters
Regiment/Unit: Royal Flying Corps, 79th Squadron; [Royal Munster Fusiliers, 1st Battalion]
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Date of Death: 24-03-1918
Cause: Killed in Action, France
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Boulevard du General de Gaulle, Arras

John George Joseph Kilkelly was born in Maryville House, Lifford, Ennis, Co. Clare on the 9 July 1887. His father, John Martin Kilkelly was a Resident Magistrate, who served in Ennis, Louth and Longford, as well as Dublin and the family also was associated with Mossfort near Tuam, Co. Galway. John's mother was Nina Louisa Moore, daughter of George Henry Moore, former MP for Mayo. As an RM the family moved a number of times when John was young, including to Louth and Dublin. We believe the family was in Longford by c.1898 and remained here for approximately ten years. 

John attended Clongowes Wood College before entering Sandhurst Military Academy. From Sandhurst, John joined the Royal Munsters and initially served in India, and then West African Pioneer Force from Feb 1913 where he was stationed at the outbreak of WW1 up to Aug 1916, and took part in the Kameroun Campaign in Cameroon, then a German protectorate; he later served in Salonica and Egypt. John was later attached to the Royal Flying Corps. In 1918 he was serving in France, when his Sopwith Dolphin (C3859) shot down during the German Spring Offensive, and is commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial. 

Parents Names: Son of John and Nina Mary Louisa (née Moore)
Notes: There appears to be some confusion as to whether John was married, it appears that this may have arisen from the Calendar of Wills where his mothers occupation is given as Widow (as John's father died in 1901), and this was taken to be John's wife, however in the England and Wales Calendar the name Dina Mary Louisa Kilkelly is given as widow. John's brother George Kenelm (described as Kenneth in the newspaper article below) spent most of his live in the Far East and India, marrying in Bengal in 1922 and passing away on the Jarajuli Tea Estate in the province of Assam in 1932.

Link to CWGC entry; notice of death, Tuam Herald, 20 Apr 1918; Death of Captain John George Kilkelly, Tuam Herald, 1 Jun 1918; link to Civil Record of Birth (please ensure web address ends in .pdf); Clongowes war memorial, Irish War Memorials; Calendar of Wills, Natio

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