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James Edward KELLY

Regimental number2600
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
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 date27 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 RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Harbonnieres on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 25 August 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'Whilst under heavy machine gun and rifle fire on being deposited on the final objective by a Tank during the operations in the vicinity of HARBONNIERES, East of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on 8th August 1918, this N.C.O. handled his guns with such coolness and skill as to enable them to get into action quickly and succeeded in inflicting very heavy casualties on the enemy. Throughout the operations he was conspicuous for his bravery and devotion to duty and set a splendid example to his comrades. He showed an utter disregard for his personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2599 Pte Frederick John KELLY, 5th Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 21 March 1919.
Miscellaneous detailsAlso embarked INF1REIN17
Date of death5 February 1959

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