Kelly, Angus Campbell (No. R/79518)

Kelly, Angus Campbell (Angus)

Flight Sergeant

No. R/79518, 416 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Died in service on Wednesday 29 July 1942 (aged 27)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England (Panel 104)

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet)

Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance


According to his service records Angus Campbell Kelly was born on 21 March 1915 in Canada and he was a son of Hugh Tennant Kelly and Elizabeth Allen (Lily or Lizzie) Kelly (nee Johnston) of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  Hugh Tennant Kelly was a school master and he and Elizabeth Allen Johnston (both of whom were born in County Down) were married on 16 July 1901 in First Ballywalter Presbyterian Church.  Hugh Kelly from Coalisland, Co Tyrone was a son of John Kelly, a boot maker.  Lizzie Johnston from the townland of Innishargie, Kircubbin was a daughter of William Johnston, a farmer.

Hugh Tennant Kelly and Elizabeth Allen (Lily or Lizzie) Kelly (nee Johnston) lived in Coalisland and they had at least five children:

Helen (born 6 September 1902 in Innishargie)

John (born 20 April 1904 in Gortneskea, Coalisland)

William (born 22 February 1906 in Gortneskea, Coalisland)

Hugh Tennant (born 30 August 1908 in Gortneskea, Coalisland)

Aileen Florence (born 4 December 1910 in Gortneskea, Coalisland)

In May 1913 the Kelly family moved to Canada where Angus was born.

During the Second World War Angus Kelly served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and he died on 29 July 1942.  His death was reported in the 26 December 1942 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Young Airman’s Death – His Associations With Ards District.  It was reported that Angus Kelly’s father was a brother of Mrs Hannah Kelly of Kirkistown; his mother was from Innishargie, Kircubbin and his cousin, Miss Carson, lived at Glen Farm, Greyabbey.

Before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force Angus Kelly was a traveller for the Imperial Tobacco Company.  In the early part of 1942 Flight Sergeant Angus Campbell Kelly (No. R/79518) visited his friends in the Cloughey area and he was reported to be planning a further visit ‘to see his numerous friends’ in the area.

Flight Sergeant Angus Campbell Kelly (No. R/79518) was 27 when he died, his body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Runymede Memorial in Surrey; on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet) and on Page 86 of the Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance.