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Herbert Clarence KELLY

Regimental number5392
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressCulcairn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs C M Stephenson, Napier Street, Creswick, Victoria
Enlistment date16 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A4 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal


Recommendation date: 8 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'For meritorious service and devotion to duty. Sergeant KELLY displayed great gallantry at POLYGON WOOD, East of YPRES on 26th September 1917, and during the heavy bombardment on the day following the engagement. His high courage, devotion to duty and splendid example helped in a great measure to carry his comrades through the strain of that day. His devotion to duty is worthy of recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 May 1947

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