KELLY, Joseph
(Service number 2801)

Aliases Joe
First Rank Last Rank Private


Date 28 October 1886 Place of Birth Timaru, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

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
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Andrew KELLY (brother), Aramoho, Wanganui, New Zealand, & Mrs A. McWILLIAM (sister), 4 Ridgeway St, Wanganui, New Zealand
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 ft 6 in. Weight 133 lbs. Chest 31-33 in. Complexion fresh. Eyes blue. Hair brown.

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 6th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 34th Battalion, 9th Infantry Brigade
Date 25 November 1916
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With Machine Gun Details
Last Unit Served With Machine Gun Battalion Details

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli
Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War medal; Victory Medal.
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


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.   

Post-war Occupations



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

Biographical Notes

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.

Sources (Google search) [19 February 2014]; Australian Military Forces Attestation Paper (National Archives of Australia) [21 February 2014] 

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