Kel was born in Nth Queensland, the son of a Methodist minister, and was educated in various locations, finishing at Brisbane Boys College. He joined the Bank of Australasia and worked in several locations prior to the war. He enlisted in the Army, transferring to entry to the RAAF in 1943. After basic flying training, he was chosen as a navigator and trained at Cootamundra and Evans Head.
Seconded to the RAF he travelled across the Pacific and then by train across America, finally by the Queen Mary to the UK in August 1944. Following further training at Bishops Court, Upper Heyford, and Barford St. John he joined 692 Squadron, part of the Light Night Strike Force within the Path Finder Force flying Mosquitos. There followed 12 operations over Germany with pilot F/O Dunn, and a couple of flights over Europe after VE Day to view the devastation. The squadron was disbanded and he waited for repatriation to Brisbane.
Before repatriation he married Joan Williams, whom he had met at the NZ Club. She had to wait until 1946 to be able to travel as a war bride. Their early married life was in Brisbane where two sons were born. In 1954 they travelled to UK to visit the grandparents and Kel suffered from stomach ulcers, a result of war service, which necessitated surgery, and convalescence in Surrey.
He joined the ANZ Bank in London, and returned to Brisbane in 1955, transferring within the bank to various locations in SE Qld. until retirement in the 1980’s. The family had increased with the birth of 2 daughters, and he had been active in service work with Apex and Rotary, and involvement in the RSL, Path Finder Force Assoc., Qld. Air Museum, Probis, RAAF Assoc., and Meals on Wheels.
He cared for Joan until her passing in 2006, then moved to a retirement home. He contracted pneumonia and was hospitalised, recovered but passed away in April 2014.