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Patrick Joseph DONNELLY

Regimental number55
Place of birthGundaroo New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationStation overseer
Address'Douglas', Bungendore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs P J Donnelly, 'Douglas', Bungendore, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameHead Quarters 1st Australian Division
AWM Embarkation Roll number1/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Date of embarkation incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as 22 October 1914.
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For excellent work in charge of a party putting in a block and machine gun position in O.G.1 at Bullecourt.
Recommendation date: 20 May 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 29 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 November 1918

Military Medal

'At BULLECOURT showed great bravery on the morning of the 3rd May. This N.C.O. was in charge of a party of 11 men to put in a block and machine gun position in O.G.1. They advanced with the first wave of the 19th Battalion 5th Brigade. The infantry were driven back. He then waited with Private ROSENBERG (these two being the only ones left of the party the rest were killed or missing) in a shell hole until the infantry were reorganised and came up again. he then blew in the side of O.G.1 with Stokes Mortars making a suitable place for a machine gun. This was afterwards occupied and used as a machine gun position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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