Greetings from St.Helens

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by NannaPink, Nov 18, 2017.

  1. NannaPink

    NannaPink Member

    Hello and thank-you for my addition to the group. My grandad James Thomas Holden was a driver during the war.a desert rat.He survived the war and returned home to continue being a coal miner. My great uncle Sapper John Kelly 3653717 170 Tunneling coy Royal Engineers is remembered on the roll of honour at St.Helen's Cemetery. Died 1944 on 20 Feb.I'm very proud of them both and am enjoying my continued research into their military service.
     
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  2. NannaPink

    NannaPink Member

    Thomas Holden - Copy.jpg my grandad. James Thomas Holden.born little lever Bolton 1/3/1911 . died August 1975 aged 64 years
     
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  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum. :)
     
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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    Hi and welcome to the forum

    If you do not already have their service records then the only official place to obtain them is the MOD - link - Request records of deceased service personnel - GOV.UK


    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: John Kelly
    Given Initials: J
    Rank: Sapper
    Death Date: 20 Feb 1944
    Number: 3653717
    Birth Place: St. Helens
    Residence: St. Helens
    Regiment at Enlistment: Royal Artillery
    Branch at Enlistment: Other Corps
    Theatre of War: United Kingdom
    Regiment at Death: Royal Engineers
    Branch at Death: Other Corps


    Sapper
    KELLY, JOHN
    Service Number 3653717
    Died 20/02/1944
    Aged 24
    170 Tunnelling Coy.
    Royal Engineers
    Son of Thomas and Emily Kelly, of St. Helens.
    Casualty

    TD
     
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  5. NannaPink

    NannaPink Member

    Thank-you..his other 2 brothers Robert and James served and come home and returned to the coal mines.I promised my grand mother 20 years ago when she passed away that we will always remember her brother John . It's took a long time to find him but now He will always be remembered and honoured. It's a picture of him I'm searching for and having no success.
     
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    When I applied for my fathers service records via the MOD (link as in post 4) I received along with the papers a photograph of him as he was at enlistment.

    You never know what you might find if you explore

    TD
     
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  7. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    Kelly01.jpg

    Kelly02.jpg
     
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  8. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    1939 REGISTER TRANSCRIPTION
    322 Haydock Lane, Haydock U.D., Lancashire
    NAME DOB OCCUPATION
    James T Holden 01 Mar 1911 Coal Mine Day Wage Man Below
    Edith Holden 17 Feb 1915 Unpaid Domestic Duties
     
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  9. NannaPink

    NannaPink Member

    Thank-you. I find it all very emotional and with each new document I find and read makes me cry.
     
  10. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    1939 REGISTER TRANSCRIPTION
    10 Park Street , St Helens C.B., Lancashire, England
    NAME DOB OCCUPATION
    Thomas Kelly 25 Feb 1887 Metal Man Below Ground
    Emily Kelly 17 Sep 1889 Unpaid Domestic Duties
    Thomas Kelly 01 Jul 1912 Haulage Below Ground Heavy Worker
    Robert Kelly 05 Apr 1921 Coal Haggler Surface
    James Kelly 01 May 1923 Haulage Below Ground Heavy Worker
    Olive (Frances O) Marsh (Kelly) 10 Feb 1927 At School

    (4 entries hidden)
     
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  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    welcome to the forum
     
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  12. NannaPink

    NannaPink Member

    I'm going to apply for my great uncle Johns service record and my grandads.James T Holden.
     
  13. NannaPink

    NannaPink Member

    Thankyou
     
  14. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars cap badge I'd say with 7th Armd Div insignia on shoulder
     
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  15. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

  16. NannaPink

    NannaPink Member

    Sapper John Kelly has just the one brother now alive.my great uncle George in his mid 80.s I spend as much time as I can with him and he has enjoyed all the information I have had to share with him. I recently asked him does he remember that our town was a closed town.He said he remembers.I said it was because a lot of ammunition was made here.He spoke quietly as if still keeping that secret..even after all these years..He still keeps that secret..
     
  17. NannaPink

    NannaPink Member

    Thank-you.he came from a family of brave soldiers from both the first and second ww.
     
  18. NannaPink

    NannaPink Member

    Thank-you I'm honoured to be in the company of such brave humble men.
     
  19. NannaPink

    NannaPink Member

    In the cemetery book the family names and address.s are very familiar to me and I walk passed some of the address.s now and remember them soldiers leaving there family homes some return and many did not.
     
  20. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    Hello and welcome to the forum; I see you are in good hands already:)

    Lesley
     
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