Regiment : 16th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Service number : 383
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 23 on 16th April 1917
Buried : Commemorated on Arras Memorial, France, Bay 3.
Birthplace : St John's, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, resident Stourbridge, enlisted Birmingham
Relatives : Son of Mrs Rose Emma Wooldridge, 5 Cathcart Rd., Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge St Thomas's Church
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society. Cathedral Roll of honour books researched by Sandra Taylor.
Surname spelt Kelly on Commonwealth War Grave Commission and Soldiers Died in the Great War.
The birth of Frank Kelley is registered in the June Quarter 1893 under the Stourbridge Registration District.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Frank Kelley was the son of Henry and Rose Kelley. His father had died in 1905 and his mother had remarried. She was living at 5 Cathcart Road, Stourbridge, in 1917. Frank Kelley was employed in the office of Mr Kent, the sanitary inspector for Stourbridge. He volunteered in September 1914 and joined the Warwicks. He was posted to the 16th (3rd Birmingham) Service Battalion and went to France late in 1915. They joined the 5th Division and Frank Kelley was involved in two phases of the Somme at High Wood and Morval. In the Spring of 1917 the battalion moved to Arras and occupied the front line at the north end of Vimy Ridge. When the Canadians attacked on the 9th April, the Warwicks were in reserve, but were not called upon until the 13th when they went into the front line near La Coulotte. On the next day Private Frank Kelley was killed in action. He was injured by shell-fire and while resting in a shell hole was hit by a second shell. He is commemorated on his parents’ grave at Wollaston.
Frank Kelley has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on the Arras Memorial, surname spelt Kelly.