Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Harry Joseph Kelley

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant Harry Joseph Kelley

January 19, 1942

Military Service


Service Number:

R/76125

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

#20 Operational Training Unit

Citation(s):

Defence Medal, War Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, awarded his Air Observer Badge on 7 July 1941.

Additional Information


Born:

February 1, 1918
Lackawanna, New York

Enlistment:

October 24, 1940
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Son of Harry J. Kelley and Helen V. (née O'Malley) Kelley, of Westmount, Quebec. Flight Sergeant Kelley attended Loyola High School and McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He served overseas from 23 August 1941 until his death. On his attestation papers he stated he was single and was a chemist at the Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He enjoyed football, hockey and track. He was a cadet of Loyola High School Canadian Officers Training Corps (COTC) from 1933-1936 as well as a cadet with the COTC program while attending McGill University from 1939-1940. 2003. Flight Sergeant Kelley was honoured in a memorial service on 21 August 2003 when Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal unveiled a memorial to commemorate those who lost their lives in accidents in the Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland. Its centre piece is an engine from the Wellington Bomber, which was based on RAF Lossiemouth and disappeared in bad weather on 19 January 1942.

Commemorated on Page 86 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

DYCE OLD CHURCHYARD
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Special Memorial

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Harry Joseph Kelley is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Harry Joseph Kelley is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Harry Joseph Kelley
  • Braemer Memorial– This memorial was unveiled by Princess Anne on August 21, 2003. Robert Jackson and Harry Kelley are remembered in this memorial.
  • Cross of Sacrifice
  • Dyce Old Churchyard
  • Grave Marker
  • Press Clipping– Flight Sergeant Henry Joseph Kelley obit Montreal Gazette Jan 22 1942 courtesy McGill University archives

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