Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881-1916)
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In Remembrance of Great Composers
3. Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881-1916)
An Olympic Gold Medal winner for rowing in the 1908 London games, Kelly was commissioned into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve with his friends, the poet Rupert Brooke and the composer William Denis Browne. Kelly was wounded twice at Gallipoli, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and reached the rank of lieutenant-commander. At Gallipoli he wrote his scores in his tent at base camp, including his most enduring composition, a tribute to Brooke - Elegy for String Orchestra. Kelly himself died aged 35 in the Battle of the Somme.