As we near Remembrance Day, Classic FM has compiled a list of some of the many composers whose lives were cut short. We will never know what they would have achieved music-wise if their lives had not been cut short.
Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881-1916)
An Olympic Gold Medal winner for rowing in the 1908 London games, Kelly was commissioned into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve with his friends, the poet Rupert Brooke and the composer William Denis Browne.
Kelly was wounded twice at Gallipoli, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and reached the rank of lieutenant-commander. At Gallipoli he wrote his scores in his tent at base camp, including his most enduring composition, a tribute to Brooke - Elegy for String Orchestra.
Kelly himself died aged 35 in the Battle of the Somme.
other composers who died young include:
http://listverse.com/2011/02/13/10-great-composers-who-died-young/ (nb Pergolesi d 1736 at the age of only 26). And not of course forgetting Mozart who only lived to 35.