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Hartlepool seafarers lost at sea

Kelly, Martin

8, Hill Street, Long Hill, West Hartlepool
Stockton on Tees

Martin Kelly was lost on the Armoured Cruiser HMS Natal when it tragically exploded in the Cromarty Firth during a party for the wives and children of officers.

Martin had been born on 18th December 1890 (although Navy records state 1891)  in Stockton where his Irish father Daniel worked as a puddler in the iron works. Daniel Kelly had married Amelia Jones in 1886 in Stockton. She was a native of Staffordshire who had been brought to Stockton as a 2 year old and her father was a puddler in the iron works.

Daniel and Amelia Kelly had 12 children of which 9 survived infancy. They came to West Hartlepool around 1900 and lived much of the time in Florence Street Longhill. Before joining the Royal Navy, Martin was a labourer in the steel works.

When he lost his life, Martin's parents were informed at Hill Street Longhill, West  Hartlepool. However one Navy source gives father's address as 9 Bedford Street.

Martin Kelly is remembered on the Chatham Memorial.