Kelleher, Patrick: Service no. 402774 (Military Medal)


Digitized Service Record


Military Medal. London Gazette. No. 31142. Page 1243. Date: January 21, 1919.

Roy Beitz and Patrick Kelleher were two more soldiers whose Circumstances of Casualty reports state that they had been awarded Military Medals. Guelph-born Kelleher lived on Wellington Street and worked as a plasterer. He enlisted in January 1915 and was killed in action at age 33 on Aug. 29, 1918. Beitz came from Mildmay, Ont., and was employed in Guelph as a clerk when he enlisted in September 1915. Twenty-five-year-old Beitz was reported missing in action and presumed dead on Sept. 30, 1918.

These men and others distinguished themselves under daunting conditions. They were recognized in their own time as heroes. Today, they are mostly forgotten, except perhaps by families that still treasure their hard-won decorations.


Biographic Information

Son of John Keleher (1845 – 1912) and Margaret Jestin (1854 – 1924).

Husband of Matilda Friedmann (1885 – XXXX).  Matilda was born in Germany.  Her parents were Ignatius Friedmann and Julia Hanck.  Matilda and Patrick married 03 July, 1913 in Guelph, Wellington, ON, Canada

Patrick had nine siblings:  Mary Ellen (1878-1958), John Joseph (1880 – 1909), James William (1882-XXXX), William Albert (1883- 1883), Daniel Daley (1889 – 1969), Margaret Jane (1891 – XXXX), Caroline (1893 – XXXX), Robert (1896 – XXXX), and Bessie Aneta (1900 – XXXX).

Patrick died of wounds.  Specifically a gunshot wound to the right thigh.  He died at the #47 General Hospital in Le Treport, Haute-Normandie, France.


“Died of Wounds” (Gunshot Wound Right Thigh) at No. 47 General Hospital, Le Treport.

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