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Lawrence Stewart KELLY

Regimental number122
Place of birthClare, South Australia
AddressClare, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.5"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinFather, William James Kelly, Clare, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'Sergeant KELLY has been Orderly Room Sergeant since August 1916, and has done excellent work throughout. His services have been most valuable to the Battalion and on several occasions he has re-organised Company Orderly Rooms in addition to his own work. He has set a very fine example of devotion to duty and I consider his work is worthy of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Discharge date29 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Promoted Lance Corporal, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 8 August 1916.

On leave, 18 December 1916; rejoined unit, 5 January 1917.

To 5th Army Summer Rest Camp, 13 August 1917; rejoined unit, 26 August 1917.

On leave to Paris, 9 March 1918; rejoined unit, 18 March 1918.

Wounded in action, 24 April 1918; admitted to No 14 Australian Field Ambulance, 24 April 1918; transferred to No 20 Casualty Clearing Station, 24 April 1918 (gassed); to No 41 Ambulance Train, 24 April 1918; to No 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 25 April 1918; to England, 27 April 1918; to Norfolk General Hospital, Thorpe, 28 April 1918; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 13 May 1918; discharged to furlough, 22 May 1918, and to report to No 4 Command Depot, 5 June 1918.

Found guilty, 6 June 1918, of being absent without leave from 1100 hours, 5 June 1918, until 1500 hours, 5 June 1918: award, admonished.

Marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 6 June 1918.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 28 June 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 24 July 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 26 July 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 28 July 1918, and rejoined 32nd Bn the same day.

On leave to Paris, 23 December 1918; rejoined unit, 8 January 1919.

Proceeded to England, 17 April 1919; marched into No 5 Group, Weymouth, 24 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 10 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 August 1919, for onward travel by rail to Adelaide; discharged, Adelaide (termination of period of enlistment), 29 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 November 1930
Age at death38
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, KELLY Lawrence Stewart

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