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Harry KELLY

Regimental number919
Place of birthNorthampton England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBootmaker
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinJ Kelly, 28 Crantausa Street, Northamptonshire, England
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Victoria Cross (Altered to Distinguished Conduct Medal)


Work at St.Martin's Wood on 23 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 29 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the morning of 23 August 1918 near Peronne, when the attack was held up by machine gun fire from a post 70 yards in front. He ran forward alone through intense fire and rushed the post, bayoneting some of the crew and bringing in twelve prisoners. On reaching the objective he took charge of a platoon after the officer had been wounded, reorganizing the men under heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Date of death31 July 1962
Place of burialCarlton Cemetery

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