Keilty, David John (No. 10117)

Keilty, David John

Rifleman

No. 10117, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of disease on Saturday 16 September 1916 (aged 22)

Buried:

Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery, Co. Down (Grave F6. 427)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for

Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

There is significant variation in the spelling of his name and in CWGC records he is associated with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles:

William J. Keilty        Newtownards and District War Memorial

D.J. Keilty                  CWGC

D.J. Kielty                  Newtownards Chronicle

David John Keilty     1901 and 1911 Census

Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database

David James Kielty  Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919

David John Keilty was born on 16 March 1894 in East Street, Newtownards and he was the only child of David John and Margaret (Maggie) Keilty (nee Speirs; sometimes Spiers; sometimes Spears) who were married on 7 June 1889 in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards and it was there that baby David John was baptised.

The Kielty family lived at 53 East Street, Newtownards.

David John Kielty Senior worked as a general labourer and groom and his wife Maggie died of cardiac failure on 16 September 1907 (aged 47).

David John Kielty Senior and Mary Ann Brown were married on 1 May 1908 in First Donaghadee Presbyterian Church.

David John and Mary Ann Kielty (nee Brown) had at least three children:

Robert (born 17 June 1909 in Wallace’s Street, Newtownards)

Hugh (born 29 December 1914 in East Street, Newtownards)

David John (born in 1917 after his half-brother had died on active service)

David John Keilty Junior worked as a general labourer and he lived for a time in Belfast.  He was a member of the Loughries True Blues LOL 1948 in Newtownards.

He joined the Royal Irish Rifles in Newtownards and was posted first to the 2nd Battalion.  He went to France with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) on 16 August 1914.  David John Keilty and Agnes Browne were married on 25 November 1915 in St Aiden’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.

Rifleman David John Keilty made his will on 15 December 1915 and in it he left everything to his wife Agnes.

Rifleman David John Keilty was 22 when he died on 16 September 1916 in Victoria Barracks Military Hospital, Belfast as a result of a ‘gunshot wound to the head with secondary haemorrhage and heart failure’ (his name was included in a list of names published on 6 January 1917 in the Newtownards Chronicle where it was reported that he had ‘died from disease contracted on service’).

Rifleman David John Keilty was buried in Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery (Grave F6 427) and later burials in that grave included William Rodgers (aged 48), Eva Rodgers (aged 45) and James Rodgers (aged 11) who lived at 44 Tamar Street, Belfast and were killed on 5 May 1941 during the Belfast Blitz.

Rifleman David John Keilty is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial; in the PCI Roll of Honour for Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 310).