Woolwich & Districts
Invitation to Buckingham Palace - The Earnest Kelly Story.
1914-18 war, my grandfather was injured in France and was taken
to Brook Hospital. His name was Ernest Kelly.
Among my grandparent's letter , etc. Is a letter from a Mrs
Agnes Clarke. Address; Holly House, Plumstead Common, Woolwich.and
dated 28th January 1916. Her telephone number was Woolwich 229.
wrote and said my grandfather was doing well, And that she saw
him regularly as her brother was in the Hospital. I would imagine
my grandmother would have been very pleased to have received
news of her husband. Woolwich would have been quite a journey
in those days. My grandmother treasured this letter.
The two photos are of Ernest (cross above head)
whilst at the Brook Hospital.
had a very bad leg injury and had a plate inserted into it.
I never saw the scar. It was bad enough for him to be discharged
from the Army.
was 28 years of age when the Hospital photo's were taken. In
regards to the Invitation to the Palace Mews. I wrote off in
2002 to see if there were any records kept of the incident.
My email had been forwarded onto the Assistant Curator Royal
Photograph Collection. There are four images of the occasion.
These are mounted in one of Queen Mary's Photograph Album...
So anyone out there who's great/Grandfather attended the occasion
they may find there is a photograph to buy. [Nice to have a
letter from Windsor Castle]
Ernest's wife. The photo of Mrs Kelly was originally
painted on to silk. (One of the family took it out of its frame
and folded it up. When it was opened out again you could see
the wear and tear. They cello taped it and took a photograph
of it. That is why part of the face is whiter than the rest.)
on picture for a bigger view)
King & Queen's invitation to Buckingham Palace for Ernest
is Ernests' WWI award certificate.
any image for a much bigger view)
letter written by Agnes Clarke to Mrs Kelly, the wife of Ernest
Kelly in 1916
with his dog, years after the war ended.
Bates nee Coulson (grand-daughter of Ernest Kelly).