(Service number 2801)
|First Rank||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||28 October 1886||Place of Birth||Timaru, New Zealand|
|Date||30 October 1916||Age||30 yrs|
|Address at Enlistment||Pastoral Chambers, Goulburn Street, Sydney, NSW; previously resident at Duntroon, ACT|
|Occupation||Carpenter. Apprentice for 5 years in Palmerston North, NZ|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Andrew KELLY (brother), Aramoho, Wanganui, New Zealand, & Mrs A. McWILLIAM (sister), 4 Ridgeway St, Wanganui, New Zealand|
|Medical Information||Height 5 ft 6 in. Weight 133 lbs. Chest 31-33 in. Complexion fresh. Eyes blue. Hair brown.|
|Served with||Australian Imperial Force||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||6th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||34th Battalion, 9th Infantry Brigade|
|Date||25 November 1916|
|Other Units Served With||Machine Gun Details|
|Last Unit Served With||Machine Gun Battalion Details|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star; British War medal; Victory Medal.|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||8 February 1921||Reason||Permanently unfit for General Service for less than three months but fit for Home Service.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
1918 in hospital - wounded in the head. On 1 October 1917 his unit had moved to the frontline near Zonnebeke, & he was shot in the head in an attack on Broodseinde Ridge; wound behind left ear & headache on exertion. Headaches continued into 1918. October 1917 first admitted to Field Hospital. Sent to 55th General Hospital near Boulogne, France, then evacuated to England. On 11 December 1917 he was admitted to the Northampton War Hospital, Duston, Northampton, England, suffering from a severe gunshot wound to the head but improving. At hospiital in March 1918 he was diagnosed with disease of framework of the nose. In April 1918 he was hospitalised in England for 2 months with swelling and tenderness from a long-standing injury to the left knee.
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials||ACT Memorial|
Son of Dennis & Catherine (Kate) KELLY. Both parents died when he was very young. Brother William served in the NZ Forces & was killed in action in 1917 & brother Andrew also served in the NZ Forces. Enlisted at Victory Barracks in Sydney, NSW, in 1916. Prior to that he was a carpenter working at Duntroon Military College, ACT. Farewelled at the Triumph Hall in Queanbeyan on 6 November 1916. . From July 1917 he was serving with the 34th Battalion on the Western Front in the vicinity of Messines in Belgium; on 1 October they moved to the frontline near Zonnebeke where he was shot in the head. After recovering in England, he met & married Hannah Hilda BLATT at Bethnal Green on 10 December 1918. They returned to Sydney in August 1919. Died by 1968. See also BIO of Andrew.
www.memorial.act.gov.au (Google search) [19 February 2014]; Australian Military Forces Attestation Paper (National Archives of Australia) [21 February 2014]
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