Frederick Septimus Kelly(1881-1916), Composer and rower; Olympian
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Born in Sydney, Australia, Frederick Septimus Kelly was a skilled oarsman who won an Olympic gold medal with the British rowing team in 1908. He studied piano in Frankfurt before joining the British Royal Naval division in September 1914. Serving alongside the poet Rupert Brooke, and the critic and composer William Denis Browne, Kelly was twice wounded in Gallipolli, where he wrote musical scores from his tent. His tribute to Brooke, Elegy for String Orchestra: 'In Memoriam Rupert Brooke' (1915), whom he helped bury on the island of Skyros, marked a profound and personal loss. Kelly was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and reached the rank of lieutenant-commander. He was killed during the Battle of the Somme and buried in the Martinsart British Cemetery.