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Western Front but at the time of James's death they were fighting in the Battle of Aisne.  The many units of the 25th Division were all but destroyed with the remnants fighting a withdrawal as the enemy pressed on. Between May 26th and June 14th casualties amounted 4338 officers and men, of whom 2511 were listed as missing.

Private Thomas John Kelly

Yorkshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, service no. 35479

Killed in Action in France November 6th, 1918, aged 19

Buried at Bettrechies Communal Cemetery, Calais, France

there are seven children at home. At the time of his death the family address was Dolphin House, Brecon although a later report in 1919 lists an address for Thomas as Well House, Brecon.

Thomas enlisted in Bargoed, initially joined the 69th Training Reserve Battalion in about 1916, before joining Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment), also known as the Green Howards.

The second battalion, together with the sixth battalion, later joined the 32nd Brigade as part of the 11th (Northern) division fighting in

Thomas was born in Welshpool in 1899 the eldest son of Thomas and Annie (nee Watkins). His father was born in Brecon and was a brother to James Kelly (previous record). In the 1901 Census, young Thomas is living with his mother and her parents in their family home in Staunton on Wye, whilst

his father was listed as a visitor at an address in Brecon, with an occupation of fellmonger.

By 1911 the family have moved to 19, Newmarch Street, Llanfaes, Brecon and Thoma’s father is now a coal merchant and