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Kelly’s 12 Christmas Days – No 10, Jersey 1926

December 21, 2016

Thomas Kelly’s 30 year service with the Indian Medical Service came to an end in the summer of 1926 and by Christmas Day that year he was with his family in their new home in Jersey.

He signed up as a ship’s surgeon with the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company and by Christmas had already completed one two-month voyage to South America on the 900-passenger liner SS Orduna. This was the start of a regular engagement with the shipping line (which was about to become the Pacific Steam Navigation Company – PSNC) and he spent two to three months every year for the next decade either on the Orduna or its sister ship the Orbita, increasing the number of voyages he undertook later in the 1930s so that he was then at sea for most of the year.

His daughter Rosemary (pictured on the left with her father and late sister Brigid) saw snow for the first time that Christmas.

The Kelly story is told in Fighting for the Empire.

Follow his remarkable life through 12 Christmas Days.

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