Albert Kellaway


Date of birth: 1899
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 518947
Rank: Bugler
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Battalion: Tyne Electrical Company
Died: 17th July 1918 aged 18 / 19 years of age
Death location: Southampton (at home)


Before the War
Albert Kellaway was born in 1899 in Southampton.  His parents were Arthur Albert Henry, born in 1872, and Florence Kate (née White), born in March 1874, both in Southampton.  Arthur and Florence Kate married in September 1898.  However this was Arthur’s third marriage.   On 18th June 1895 when he was 23, he married Lucy Parsons (née Knott) aged 27, a widow.  Lucy died in October 1896.  Arthur then married Ellen Newman on 1st July 1897; he was 24 and Ellen was 22. Ellen died in June 1898.

By the 1901 census the family is shown living at 18 Belvedere Terrace, Northam, Southampton.  Arthur is listed as a Crane Driver.  There are three children: Beatrice (3), Albert (1) and Arthur (3 months).  Also with the family is Florence’s brother Walter White, aged 32, a Labourer.

The family have moved to 8 Guildford Street, Northam, Southampton by the 1911 census.  Arthur is not listed and they have written Seaman on the census return next to Florence Kate’s name and then crossed it out, so one can presume Arthur was the Seaman and he was away at sea at the time.  Seven children are listed and two have been born and died since the 1901 census; one was Florence Olive born March 1909 and died December 1910.  The seven are: Beatrice (14), Albert (12), Arthur Edward (11), Kate Eliza (8), William Charles (6), Lillian May (5) and Hilda Blanche (10 months) – Hilda died September 1911.  William White, 48, is also still living with the family.
NB: another son, Francis, was born in 1912.
NB: William was born in 1863, so the 1901 census shows the incorrect age.

Florence Kate died 25th March 1928 and Arthur Albert Henry died in September 1940, both in Southampton.


Military History

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918

Albert Kellaway:  He volunteered in 1914, and after a period of training was engaged on important duties at the R.E. Depot at Cosham.  He rendered valuable services, but was unsuccessful in obtaining his transfer overseas and unfortunately died on 17th July 1918, 8 Guildford Street, Northam, Southampton. (See below for more family military history).

The Tyne Electrical Engineers (TEE)
The Tyne Electrical Engineers (TEE) are a Volunteer unit of the British Army which has existed under various titles since 1860. It has been the parent unit for a large number of units fulfilling specialist coastal and air defence roles in the Royal Engineers (RE) and Royal Artillery (RA), many seeing service during both World Wars.  In the 1880s it was a specialist unit in Newcastle responsible for defending the port with submarine mines and searchlights.  Its work and numbers grew, and it soon became a full-fledged unit of the Royal Engineers.

In the period of tension in late July 1914 before the outbreak of World War I, two ‘special service detachments’ of the TEE were mobilised, one taking its place in the Tyne Garrison, the other travelling to man defence lights at Portsmouth and Gosport.  When war was formally declared on 4th August, the remainder of the unit mobilised: No 1 Company in the Tyne defences, and Nos 2–4 at Portsmouth, based at Haslar Barracks on the Gosport side of the harbour.   The unit pioneered the use of mobile searchlights, defending ports on its native Tyneside and at Gosport from air and sea attack with searchlight batteries.  Units were also engaged on the Western Front where, amongst other responsibilities, they supplied water for hard-pressed infantry on the Somme and helped in the tunnelling work that preceded the explosion of a score of gigantic mines at the battle of Messines Ridge.

TEE companies currently form part of the RE and of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in the Army Reserve.

 KELLAWAY, Albert V B Buglar 518947

Albert Kellaway died at home on 17 July 1918, aged 18 or 19.  He is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves section of Southampton, Hollybrook Cemetery.  The inscription on his gravestone reads, He Hath Laid His Richest Gift on the Altar of Duty, His Life.   He was entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  Albert is also memorialised on the Southampton Cenotaph.

At the time of Albert’s death his parents were living at 8, Guildford Street, Southampton.


From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918
There are two A Kellaways listed, both at 8, Guildford Street, Northam, Southampton.  Both are in the Merchant Service.  One is Arthur Kellaway Sn., born 1872, and the other, Arthur Jr., born 1900, father and brother respectively of Albert.

Arthur Kellaway, Fireman, Merchant Service 871175: He volunteered in 1914, and immediately went to sea.  He served in H.M.T. Traveller and the Jancononia, and was engaged on important and hazardous minesweeping and escort duties.  These vessels were twice torpedoed on the high seas, and in 1920 he was still serving on the S.S. Andes, holding the Mercantile Marine War Medal and the General Service Medal.

On other records it shows Arthur Kellaway, Fireman, 871175, as also being entitled to the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Arthur Kellaway, Seaman, Merchant Service:  He volunteered in 1914, and during the war rendered valuable services in the S.S. Norman.  This vessel was engaged on the transport of troops to Egypt, the Dardanelles, and France, and also bringing troops from Australia.  He was still at sea in 1920 and holds the Mercantile Marine War Medal and the General Service Medal.  Arthur Kellaway junior was born in December 1900 and died in Southampton in December 1981.


Researcher: Bridgett Vane
Published: 13th March 2016
Updated: Insert dates here

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