Leslie Gerard Anthony Dundas Kelly.
Superb, framed medal group of 8 medals. Leslie Kelly served in 4 Services throughout his career. Royal Navy (Royal Navy Reserve), Army, Royal Air Force and The Merchant Navy (Mercantile Marine).
Born in Liverpool in 1899 his medals are as follows.
First World War
British War Medal named to : MID L D KELLY R.N.R. issued 14/11/1924.
Mercantile Marine Medal named to: LESLIE G A D KELLY Ribbon issued 12/08/1919, medal issued 27/11/1920.
Victory Medal – Mention In Despatches 1914-1919 Oakleaf. Medal named to: MID L D KELLY R.N.R. issued 14/11/1924.
Second World War
1939 – 1945 Star. . Unnamed as issued. .
Africa Star – 1st Army Bar. . Unnamed as issued. .
Defence Medal. . Unnamed as issued. .
War Medal. . Unnamed as issued.
General Service Medal – Palestine 1945 48 Bar. Medal named to MAJOR L G A D KELLY R.A.S.C.. WO/100/534.
A quick piece internet research reveals the following records:
Date of seniority. 14/11/1916. Mid (tempy). Navy Lists R.N.R Temporary Midshipmen page 501h. HMS Thunderer, Battleship 22500 tons. Devonport.
14/11/1917. Midshipman RNR. Navy Lists 882 page 398l. HMS Thunderer, Battleship 22500 tons. Devonport.
24/05/1918. Midshipman RNR. The Royal Navy. Navy Lists 566. Page 848. HMS Morning Star, Devonport.
15/07/1924. Pilot Officer Royal Air Force. London Gazette 29/07/1924. Short Service Commission.
13/05/1925. Pilot Officer Royal Air Force. Short Service Commission. Terminated, notice in the London Gazette 12/05/1925. .
27/09/1939. To 2nd Lt Royal Army Service Corps. London Gazette 19/12/1939. .
09/11/1940. Adjutant. Genealogy Site. .
25/06/1941. Temporary Captain. Genealogy Site. Regular Army Emergency Commission.
26/06/1941. Acting Major. Genealogy Site. .
16/03/1948. Major. London Gazette 16/03/1948. War Subs Captain L G A D Kelly relinquishes his Commission on account of disability and is granted the Honorary Rank of Major.
1901 Census shows him at 1 year old. It is interesting to note that the household includes a Servant as a Nurse.
1911. Census. Lived at 227 Liscard Rd, Liscard, Birkenhead with father, a Dental Mechanic, his Mother and Sister.
1925. Records: Dental Surgeons Directory 1925. Last name: Kelly. First name: L G A. Perhaps he followed in his father’s footsteps?
1950. July – Aug / Sep 1950. Married Brenda M D Hankinson, Bristol, Gloucestershire. reference 7b 525.
There is also an intriguing press release which shows that he was being looked for.
It seems as if Leslie Gerard Antony Dundas Kelly is very worthy of detailed research. His records of service reveals an extraordinary man.
Was he hoping to join the fledgling Royal Navy Air Service or Fleet Air Arm?
Why, when and how did he gain his Mention in Despatches in the First World War as a very young man.
Why was he being looked for?
Was he also a Dentist?
As a matter of record the following addresses were used by Leslie Dundas Kelly as recoded on his Naval Service Record.
Known addresses were:
1916 – 176 Sea View Road, Wallasey, Cheshire.
1919 – Turret House, Sea View Road, Wallasey, Cheshire
1923 – 73 Dartmouth Park Road, Tufnell Park, London
1924 – 9 St James’ Square, Holland Park. W11
These records also confirm the below information.
3513 Leslie Dundas KELLY
Born, Liverpool 8th October 1899
Sailed on the Oronsa, 8075 Tonnes. Owned by Pacific Steam,. He made 4 voyages as a Cadet between 5th August 1915 and 20th October 1916.
Joined Royal Naval Reserve: 18th November 1916
His records show the following detail:
28th February 1917 given Gunnery Certificate by Captain.
Confirmation that he served on HMS Thunderer and later on HMS Morning Star