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George Edward Eccleston KELLY

Date of birth12 October 1873
Place of birthInverleigh, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationIncandescent light expert and gasfitter
Address465 High Street, West Maitland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation40
Next of kinBrother, Leo Vivian Kelly, Dentist, Gloucester, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 4th Regiment, Armadale, 1896-99. Also served in the Boer War for 2 years: 1 year as Sergeant, 6th Imperial Bushmen (March 1900-April 1901); 1 year as Lt, 3rd Imperial Bushmen (April 1901-June 1902).
Enlistment date13 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name2nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 16), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsCousin: 3174 Pte Lionel Francis KELLY, 58th Bn, killed in action, 16 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked from Sydney, 18 October 1914; disembarked Egypt, 8 December 1914.

Fate confirmed, 2 May 1915, as 'killed in action'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, KELLY George Edward Eccleston

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