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John Kielty (Keilty)

Rank: Private
Street: Great Water Street
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Ballymahon Street, Longford
Census 1901: Entry at Great Water Street, Longford
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 3rd Battalion. "C" Company/ 2nd Battalion/ 6th Battalion
Regiment Number: 4136
Date of Death: 06-05-1960
Cause: Survived the War

John (Johnny) Kielty was born on Ballymahon Street, Longford town on the 29 April 1888 - he had a twin sister called Mary, who was born 15 minutes before him. John married Mary Forester in St. Mel's Cathedral on the 22 June 1913.

Johnny enlisted in January 1915 at Birr, Kings County (Offaly). He served in France initially for 5 months, before being transferred to Salonika where he spent over 3 years. He suffered some injuries in the war, including a gunshot wound in July 1915. After the war John returned to Longford, and worked as a cattle drover. He died in St. Joseph's Hospital in 1960 of natural causes. 

He was the younger brother of Michael who died of wounds in October 1918, and Patrick who also served in World War 1.

Parents Names: Son of Timothy Kielty and Annie (née Coffey), Little Water Street, Longford.
Notes: Johnny Kielty featured in a piece in the Longford Leader on the 11 April 1953, where he commiserated with Queen Elizabeth on the passing of her grandmother Mary of Teck. He vowed to make his way to view the new queen's coronation, (link below).

; link to Civil Register of Birth; link to Civil Register of Marriage; link to Civil Register of Death;  Longford Leader, April 1953 "Johnny Will See Coronation"

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