b. 13/01/1880 Lady Frere, South Africa. d. 18/08/1931 London
His mother died when he was 12 and his twin brother was killed falling from a horse when he was 13. His father subsequently married their governess giving him three half-siblings. He was educated in Grahamstown (Saint Andrew's and Saint Aidan's, King Williamstown (Dale College) and Queens [Queenstown].
At 16 he fought in Matebeleland. He joined the Cape Mounted Police and was at the Relief of Mafeking, South Africa. He joined the Somaliland Burgher Corps fighting the "Mad Mullah" in Somaliland. In 1906 he toko part in the Zulu Rebellion
He married Nellie and prior to the outbreak of the First World War, he was housemaster at Langley School and a member of the Territorial Army. He was 37 years old, and an Acting Lieutenant-Colonel in the Norfolk Regiment, British Army, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 20 November 1917 during the Battle of Cambrai at Marcoing, France, when a party of men were held upon the near side of a canal by heavy rifle fire, Lieutenant Colonel Sherwood Kelly at once ordered covering fire, personally led his leading company across the canal and then reconnoitered, under heavy fire, the high ground held by the enemy. He took a Lewis gun team, forced his way through obstacles and covered the advance of his battalion, enabling them to capture the position. Later he led a charge against some pits from which heavy fire was coming, capturing five machine-guns and 46 prisoners.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NATIONAL MILITARY MUSEUM, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.
BURIAL PLACE: BROOKWOOD CEMETERY, BROOKWOOD, SURREY.
Sherwood-Kelly's renovated grave courtesy of the VC Trust in March 2015
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
BLOCK 86, GRAVE 196296
National Memorial Arboretum
His wife Nellie
Freemason's Memorial, London (Brian Drummond)