Matthew Kelly: Lest We Forget

ALBERT Nugent lies buried in a foreign field.
He was just 23 when he died – the same age as new Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Matthew Kelly tells the story of his great uncle Albert in My Family At War on BBC1 at 10.35pm tonight.
The First World War was supposed to be the war to end all wars.
You can read about Matthew’s emotional journey in the MEN TV feature here.
“He was 23. That’s terrible,” reflects the Manchester-born actor.

“I’ve already had 35 years’ worth more life than him.”
Albert was wounded at The Somme but didn’t die on the battlefield.
Captured by the Germans, he died of pneumonia in a prisoner of war camp.
Details of his death appeared in the Salford Reporter on June 16 1917.
Just one more family devastated by war.
“He was the only boy of seven children. Killed,” explains Matthew.
“What that must have meant to the family…”
Matthew’s Tearful War Tribute
Doctor Who: We Will Remember Them
My Boy Jack
The Royal British Legion


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4 responses to “Matthew Kelly: Lest We Forget

  1. Leigh Osborne

    Hello. It would seem that My Great Grandfather George Bishop was a prisoner of war along with Matthews Great Uncle Albert. George was only 19. Shot, captured and died of his injuries whilst in prison. His grave is just along from Alberts. maybe they even knew each other? Shared a ciggy or two??🙂

  2. Andrew McParland

    Hiya Matthew,
    If you look for a book called The Somme by Peter Hart it contains lots of commentaries by soldiers of all nations who took part in the fighting including quite a few of several Lancashire Regiments including Manchester Rifles, Accrington Pals, Liverpool etc.
    It is really well written and may contain first hand accounts from Albert’s unit.

  3. Alan Ridler

    My uncle William Daly was an officer in the 1st Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment at Beaumont-Hamel on 1st July 1916 and may well have served with Matthew’s great uncle. I have researched and written a small piece on William Daly and will send this to anyone who is interested.

  4. Simon Morgan-Vale

    Hi Matthew
    You felt that one of the sergeants in a still photograph of the Lancashire Regiment was your great uncle, although you could not see his face clearly.
    I think the still was taken from a film which was shown during Armistice week called the ‘Battle of the Somme’ on the Military Channel.
    It was commissioned by the Eric Anker-Petersen Charity and digitally remastered by Dragon Di.
    It’s a silent film with musical score with plates describing what was to be shown next.
    The Lancashire’s are shown around plate 30 where you will be able to see the face of the Sergeant as he turns around. I hope it’s your Great Uncle.
    I’d like to know if it is him.
    Good Luck

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