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Regimental number10143
Place of birthUlmarra New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBaldery Street, Chatswood, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs M J Donnelly, 'Avoca', 23 Willoughby Street, Milsons Point, North Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameReinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at Herleville on 23 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 26 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1919

Military Medal

'At HERLEVILLE during the operations on the morning of the 23rd instant, these telephonists [66512 W.M. LECKEY, 10143 R. DONNELLY, 10473 N. SHILLINGLAW, 9293 G.W.G. BELL] formed part of the F.O. party. During the day these men worked under great difficulty from the Forward O.P. station to the relay post under heavy fire and due to an utter disregard for personal safety succeeded in maintaining the line except for short periods. The F.O. Officer was thereby enabled to send back information of considerable tactical importance as regards the line held by our own Infantry, flash bearings of hostile batteries shelling our new positions, and enemy movement likely to develop into a counter-attack. Their conduct is deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

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