Captain John Kelsall

Captain John Lindsay Kelsall, M.I.D.,”B” Battery 86th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. He was Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the  Army Service Corps on 28th August 1914 and transferred to Royal Field Artillery in the rank of Captain on 7th February, 1917. He was killed in action, aged 26, on 28th August 1917  in Flanders during the Third Battle of Ypres. He was mentioned in dispatches. He is buried in the Huts Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium and the epitaph on his gravestone reads “Died at the guns heartening his men at Zillebeke Lake”  He was a native of Crieff, Perthshire and was the son of Henry and Mary Kelsall (nee Dallas) of Moss Side Estate, Rochdale, Lancashire. The photographs shows an 18 pounder gun Batteries in action. This was the usual piece used by the R.F.A. and was usually used in an anti infantry role using both high explosive and shrapnel shells one of which is pictured below.

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