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Pte John Skelly US Army


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Can anyone add further information regarding Private John Skelly of the US Army, American Expditionary Force. Shown as Killed in Action on Presbyterian Roll of Honour for Ireland. He was connected to Drumlee Presbyterian Church.

He is shown as living at 1 Gargary, Ballyward, Banbridge on the 1911 Census aged 16years. His father Robert was a widower with five children. His name is inscribed on the War Memorial of Rathfriland.

I have found no listing on the The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) site for this soldier.

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He is not listed in Soldiers of the Great War, the USA version of SDGW. The only John is a Lieut.

Regards.

Tom.

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Adrian

I believe this is your man

Name: SKELLY

Initials: J

Nationality: Canadian

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Unit Text: 58th Bn.

Date of Death: 30/09/1918

Service No: 3031083

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 19.

Cemetery: CANADA CEMETERY, TILLOY-LES-CAMBRAI

There is an American Draft card dated 5th June 1917 for:

John Skelly

277 Chestnut Avenue

Boston

Mass

Aged 22 Born August 12th 1895 Gargary Co Down Ireland

He was working for himself at 233, Pond Street, Boston Mass

The Canadian papers relating to J Skelly above give:

John Skelly

277, Pond Street

Jamaica Plain

Boston

Mass

Born 12th August 1895, County Down, Ireland

Next of Kin (Father)

Robert Skelly

Ballyward

Co Down

Ireland

Occupation Stable Groom

Enlisted 12th November 1917 Toronto

Regards

Pam

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Pam,

Thank you for the information. All the details would appear to fit and confirmed with the next of kin information which matches the Census detail I have.

Regards

Adrian

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