Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
2nd Lieutenant William Frederick JELLEY. MC
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Biographical details below.
2nd Lieutenant William Frederick JELLEY,
6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Charles William and Temperance Jelley, of 124, Leopold St., Loughborough. Killed 2 November 1917. Aged 22.
Buried ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN.
The following information on Lieutenant Jelley, and his photograph are reproduced by kind permission of the website "Loughborough Roll of Honour".
Lieut. W. F. Jelley, M. C. only son of ex-police Sergt. Jelley, of 124 Leopold street, Loughborough. He had been in a critical condition since the date he was wounded 14th August and on October 19th his condition necessitated an operation and he progressed fairly satisfactorily, but three days before his death the leg had to be amputated.
In September 1914, he joined the 8th Leicesters, and in a very short time was promoted to Sergeant. On recovering from wounds received in July 1916, he was granted a commission in February 1917.
Lieut. Jelley, who was 22 years of age, and a native of Syston, was educated at the Loughborough Intermediate School and latter at the Grammar school, which he attended for five years. Before his death one of the Royal Princes attended at Lieut. Jelley's bedside and read out to him the order conferring upon the wounded hero the award of the Military Cross. The wording was as follows. "On August 14 you showed great courage and initiative in leading your platoon. Though wounded in the head you continued to lead your platoon until you had gained your objective. Later in the day you were again wounded having your right thigh broken. Though in great pain and unable to move you continued to urge on your platoon, and by your example of fortitude kept up the spirits of your men until after dark when you were carried from the field."
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