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Francis Patrick SCALLY

Regimental number4872
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolSt Francis School, Surry Hills, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressCoreen Cottage, Chapel Street, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 6"
Weight121 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Scally, Coreen Cottage, Chapel Street, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death39
Age at death from cemetery records39
Place of burialAnzac Cemetery (Plot II, Row J, Grave No. 9), Sailly-Sur-La-Lys, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
159
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Patrick adn Matilda SCALLY, 87 Walker Street, Redfern, New South Wales. Native of Sydney
Family/military connectionsBrother: 7317 Pte Clement Stephen SCALLY, 3rd Bn, returned to Australia, 6 January 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 54th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of wounded in action now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Buried Sailly-sur-la-Lys Cemetery by Reverend W. M. Holliday, 20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2420510, Lt C. WINTERBOTTOM, 54th Bn (patient, 1 Moreton Gardens Hospital, London,SW, England), 8 December 1916: 'I was next to Scally at Fromelles when he was hit by a shell on July 19th. just before we srarted to make an attack [at] 5.30 p.m. The concussion from the shell knockedme down and killed Scally, outright. He was buried on the following day at Fleur Baix (sic) Cemetery.'

Second statement, 4776 Pte G.A. Ferrett, A Company, 54th Bn (patient, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Millbank, London, England), 23 December 1916: 'Scally was killed in the trenches at Fleurbaix on July 19th before we went over. I saw him lying dead.'

Third statement, 4760 Pte W.F. DALTON, A Company, 54th Bn (patient, 4th General Hospital, Randwick), 15 May 1917: I was told on 19.7.16 at Fleurbaix, that he and another man had been killed by a shell on the morning of 20th[.] Isaw him after he had been killed ... I saw him after the bombardment had been going all night[.] I was wounded at the time, on my way to the Dressing Station.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SCALLY Francis Patrick
Red Cross file 2420510

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