KELLY, James Joseph
(Service number 24178)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Sergeant|
|Date||8 January 1893||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Jeremiah KELLY (father), Fairview, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||13th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company|
|Date||27 May 1916|
|Transport||Willochra or Tofua|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Plymouth or Devonport, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Military Awards||Military Medal (M.M.)|
Award Circumstances and Date
For gallant conduct in the field.
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Jun 1917 reported wounded in France; moved to Brockenhurst Hospital, England, suffering from a gunshot wound in the right foot. June 1918 again wounded & in hospital - not severe case.
|Date||22 March 1967||Age||73 yrs|
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch|
|Memorial Reference||Block 21, Plot 161NS|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of Jeremiah & Deborah (nee O'CONNOR) KELLY. Brothers Jeremiah & John Joseph also served in WWI. Educated at Salisbury, Marist Brother Timaru & Gleniti schools. Prize for proficiency in Standard VI in 1907 at Wai-iti (later Gleniti) School. Left Timaru on 10 February 1916 for camp. James returned home on Draft No. 221 on the Hororata which was due in Wellington on the 13 March 1919. As soon as the Hororata reached Wellington, the South Island men travelled to Lyttelton and then on to Timaru by a special express, which was decorated with flags and red, white and blue bunting, while painted on the front was "welcome home". They arrived in Timaru on 16 March 1919 to an rousing reception by the crowd packed into Station Street. They were addressed by Mr J. Craigie, M.P., and the Deputy Mayor, welcomed back and complimented on all they had done for the Empire and freedom. The National Anthem was played before being taken home in decorated cars. Welcomed home on 27 June 1919 at Washdyke Hall. Married Kathleen Margaret CHALKEN nee COUTTS in 1941.
Cenotaph Database [19 February 2014]; Timaru Herald, 21 December 1907, 9 February 1916, 8 May 1916, 25 June 1917, 26 June 1917, 18 June 1918, 20 June 1918, 2 January 1919, 5 March 1919, 17 March 1919, 19 June 1919, 25 June 1919 (Papers Past) [22 February 2014; 09 September 2014]; NZ BDM indexes (DIA historical records) [20 & 23 February 2014]; NZSG Cemetery records - Bromley Cemetery (SC Branch NZSG microfiche collection) [23 February 2014].
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