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VC919   John Sherwood-Kelly

Name   John Sherwood-Kelly   No.     

VC Issue No.   919   Awards   VC    CMG   DSO

Regiment   Norfolk Regiment commanding 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers


Now   Royal Anglian Regiment

Rank VC Won   Acting Lieutenant-Colonel

Rank End Of Career   Acting Lieutenant-Colonel

Place Of Birth   Queenstown, Cape Province, South Africa

Place Of Death   At a nursing home, 31 Queen's Gate, Kensington, London, England

Buried/Location Ashes   Brookwood Cemetery, Cemetery Pales, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey, England


Date Buried/Cremated   21 August 1931

Headstone   Headstone    Plot/Grave no.   Block 86, Grave 196296

Gazetted   11 January 1918

VC Presented   23 February 1918 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Headstone, Brookwood Cemetery, Cemetery Pales, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey, England

Victoria Cross Regimental Plaque, St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, Northern Ireland

P  Victoria Cross Commemoration Paving Stone, National Memorial, Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

Victoria Cross Commemorative Plaque, The Castle, Cape Town, South Africa

By The Way…

His grandfather, Private James Kelly of the 11th Hussars, took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava. The headstone was restored in March 2015 by the Victoria Cross Trust

VC Held By

National Museum of Military History, Johannesburg, South Africa



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The First World War

BORN   13 January 1880

DIED   18 August 1931    AGE   51

VC Won   20 November 1917   AGE   37

Place VC Won   Marcoing, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1917