KELLY, John Joseph
(Service number 55976)

Aliases Jack
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Private


Date 19 January 1897 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Driver
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin J. KELLY (father), Washdyke, Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcements G Company
Date 26 July 1917
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of Jeremiah & Deborah (nee O'CONNOR) KELLY. Brothers James Joseph & Jeremiah also served in WWI. Educated at Sacred Heart Timaru, Gleniti & Fairview Schools. Prize for proficiency in Standard II in 1907 at Wai-iti (later Gleniti) School. Prize for proficiency in Std IV in 1909 & prize for composition in Std V in 1910 at Fairview School. Gained Proficiency in central examinations in Std VI in 1911 at the Catholic Boys' Timaru School. He left Timaru for the Front on 11 April 1917. He returned home in December 1918. Welcomed home on 27 June 1919 at Washdyke Hall.


Cenotaph Database [19 February 2014]; Timaru Herald, 21 December 1907, 27 December 1909, 27 December 1910, 25 January 1912, 10 April 1917, 13 December 1918, 19 June 1919, 25 June 1919, 10 July 1920, Press, 11 December 1918 (Papers Past) [22 February 2014; 16 September 2014]; NZ BDM indexes (DIA historical records) [20 February 2014]

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