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Gen. Sir Richard Denis Kelly, C.B., K.C.B
Male 1815 - 1897


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  • Prefix  Gen. Sir 
    Suffix  C.B., K.C.B 
    Birth  9 Mar 1815  Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date and place from Howard, Joseph Jackson, ed. Visitation of Ireland. London, England: 1897-1918 (ancestry.com), p. 96.
    Gender  Male 
    Military Service  1834 
    gazetted to 49th Foot (Royal Berkshire) 
    Military Service  Abt 1854-1856 
    as commander of 34th Foot (Border Regiment) during Crimean War 
    • during which he was wounded and taken prisoner at Sebastopol. From book description for his memoir "Stories of the Crimean War" or "An Officer's Letters to his Wife during the Crimean War" by Mrs. W. J. Tait at http://www.military-history-books.com/titles/2837.htm .
    Military Service  1857-1859  United Provinces, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    as commander, 34th Regiment of Foot 
    • Reference in Visitation of Ireland, by Joseph Jackson Howard and Frederick Arthur Crisp, publ. 1973, p. 96, reads (in part): served in the Indian campaigns of 1857-59, commanded the 34th Regiment of Foot in the actions at Cawnpore on 26, 27 (wounded) and 28 November 1857, capture of Meeangunge, siege and capture of Lucknow, and relief of Azimghur; commanded the Azimghur Column in the operations in Oude in the winer of 1858-59, commanded a Field Force from February to May 1859, engaged in operations on the Nepaul frontier, and defeated the rebels under Bala Rao near Bootwul (horse shot), capturing six guns and much baggage (thanked by Governor-General of India, and the Commander-in-Chief, frequently mentioned in despatches, C.B., medal with clasp, K.C.B. and distinguished service pension)
    Census  3 Apr 1881  Reading St Mary, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    UK 
    • as Richard D Kelly / Head / married / age 66 / birthplace Ceylon / occupation General Active List / living at Berkeley House, Bath Road, Reading St Mary, with wife Ellen S Kelly, daughter Beatrice F Kelly, visitor Helen E Batterby, 4 servants.
    Military Service  1 Jul 1881 
    as Colonel, 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) 
    • when 109th Regiment of Foot (Bombay Infantry) was united with the 100th (or Prince of Wales's Royal Canadian) Regiment of Foot, to become 2nd Battalion, the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians). From http://www.regiments.org/milhist/uk/inf/109-862.htm .
    Military Service  24 Jan 1886 
    as Colonel, Royal Irish Regiment 
    Military Service  9 Mar 1889 
    as Colonel, 1st Battalion, The Border Regiment 
    Census  5 Apr 1891  Wokingham, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    UK 
    • as Richard D Kelly / Head / married / age 76 / occupation Retired General / birthplace Ceylon British Subject / living at Shrublands, Earley, with wife Ellen S Kelly, daughter Beatrice F Kelly, 4 servants.
    Pedigree Reference  Kelly of Mucklon, co. Galway, and of Kilcash, co. Roscommon 
    • From Howard, Joseph Jackson, ed. Visitation of Ireland. London, England: 1897-1918 (ancestry.com), p. 96.
    Title  Knighthood, K.C.B. 
    Died  2 Jul 1897  Earley, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 (ancestry.com) gives: Name: Kelly, Richard Denis / Record Type: Deaths / Age at death: 82 / Quarter: September / Year: 1897 / District: Wokingham / County: Berkshire Wiltshire / Volume: 2c / Page: 239.
      Died at his residence, "Shrublands", at Earley, Berkshire. From Howard, Joseph Jackson, ed. Visitation of Ireland. London, England: 1897-1918 (ancestry.com), p. 96.
      Death notice in The Annual Register, [date unknown], p. 165, reads (in part): On the 2nd, at Earley, Reading, aged 82, General Sir Richard Denis Kelly (The O'Kelly), son of Colonel Kelly, 84th Regiment. Entered the Army, 1834, and served with distinction with the 54th Regiment during the Crimea War, and ...
    Buried  6 Jul 1897  Earley, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date and place from Howard, Joseph Jackson, ed. Visitation of Ireland. London, England: 1897-1918 (ancestry.com), p. 96.
    Will proved  30 Oct 1897  Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941 (ancestry.com) gives: 1897. / KELLY sir Richard Denis otherwise "THE O'KELLY" of Mucklon county Galway and Kilcash county Roscommon Ireland and Shrublands Earley Berkshire general in Her Majesty's army K.C.B. died 2 July 1897 at Shrublands Probate Oxford 30 October to John Prevost Battersby major-general on the retired list of Her Majesty's army and dame Ellen Susanna Kelly widow Effects £21325 16s.
    _UID  183D291B8672461A80CE5C6219E99B21BBAE 
    Notes 
    • Full name from LDS christening record for Beatrice Frances Kelly.
    Person ID  I10448  Halhed Genealogy
    Last Modified  21 Jul 2011 

    Family  Ellen Susanna Dillon,   c. 11 Jan 1821, Skryne, Meath, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1903, London (Kensington), Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Mar 1848  Temple Keiran, Meath, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date and place from Howard, Joseph Jackson, ed. Visitation of Ireland. London, England: 1897-1918 (ancestry.com), p. 96.
    Children 
     1. Beatrice Frances Kelly,   b. 14 Nov 1860, Fyzabad, Oudh, United Provinces, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1948, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F3825  Group Sheet