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Several relatives have told me over the years that our grandfather, William Kelly of Corglancy, was at one time in the Irish Police Force.

In November 2007, a contact, Inspector Patrick McGee, of the Garda in Dublin, kindly agreed to look into this for me, and these are the documents he found.
Document three is the entry in the Garda Record Sheet recording a monetary award for “GOOD POLICE DUTY”.
Document two here is William’s application form, in his own hand.
I was suprised to see that he had such good handwriting! It’s also interesting that he states he has relatives in “Donegal and Mayo”. Can anyone shed any light on this?
Document one here is a summary of the details on file.
Following the visit of Paudraig, Margaret, Dave, Julie and Patricia to Belgium in Nov 2006, I’ve been told that we have a Kelly ancestor who lost his life in the Great War.
   Edward (Eddy) Kelly was a private (Service No: 19939) in the 7th/8th Battallion Royal Irish Fusiliers, when he was killed on 22nd August 1917, aged 24. He was the son of James and Alice Kelly, of Treenadulla, Beagh, Dromahair. Alice was a sister of my gran, Margaret Kelly.
   The official name of the battle in which Edward was killed is 3rd Ypres, but it is universally known as the Battle of Passchendaele because it was really a series of engagements with the one objective of taking Passchendaele Village and its Ridge.
   The particular action he was involved in was three weeks of ill-advised attacks on Langemark by General Haig, who finally abandoned the insanity just four days after Edward was killed. There are plenty of websites devoted to Passchendale and this disastrous campaign.
    Edward is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium, grave ref: XVIII.D. 1a.
Click here for more on  Eddy Kelly
Paudraig has also confirmed that the Canadian runner James Duffy, who was killed in the Great War, was indeed a relative of ours. Jimmy - who was recently honoured in the “Jimmy Duffy’s Last Run” marathon, is buried in Vlamertinge (Belgium, near Ypres). Plot 1, Row F. Grave 14.
Click here for full Duffy text
He shall not hear the bittern cry In the wild sky, where he is
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