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Frederick John KELLY

Regimental number2599
Date of birth4 January 1887
Place of birthHurstville New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
Address35 Cecil Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, John Kelly, 35 Cecil Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919
Discharge date2 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2600 Sergeant James Edward KELLY MM, 5th Machine Gun Bn, effective abroad.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli), 14 November 1915; taken on strength, 1st Bn, Gallipoli, 7 December 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 1 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 13 February 1916; taken on strength, 53rd Bn, 14 February 1916. Transferred to 14th Machine Gun Company, 11 March 1916. Found guilty of refusing to obey the command of an N.C.O.: awarded 7 days confined to barracks, 17 April 1916.

Embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 20 June 1916. Granted Special Leave, 6 December 1916; rejoined unit, 24 December 1916.

Detached to Grantham School, England, for duty as clerk, 7 September 1917. Appointed Acting Corporal, 6 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 July 1918; rejoined unit, 9 July 1918. Marched out to England for return to Australia, 17 January 1919; commenced return to Australia on 'Kildonian Castle, 9 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 9 May 1919; discharged, 2 July 1919.

Awarded the Legion d'Honneur, Bastille Day, 1998.

Medals: Legion d'Honneur, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death26 December 1998

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