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Regimental number3160
Place of birthToolamba, Victoria
Address5 Edsall Street, Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 10.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, T Kiellerup, 5 Edsall Street, Malvern, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 26 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1047 Pte Frederick Charles KIELLERUP, 6th Bn, killed in action, 8 May 1915; 3163 Corporal Genius Rudolph KIELLERUP, 60th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 December 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 58th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, Hog's Back, 9 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1510405, 3163 Corporal G.R. KIELLERUP, 59th Bn, 21 July 1917: 'I have notified my people out in Australia what I knew about my brother 2160 Cpl. O.J. Kiellerup, but on account of him only being reported missing they won't give up hope until definitely informed otherwise. What little information I have I shall now endeavour to relate. On July 19th 1916 the brother and I went over the top together and on getting out towards the German lines we came across a ditch immediately to our front barbed wire and stopped our progress from wading through the water. There the brother asked me to come to the left, but I seeing a better opening on [the] right woundn't (sic) go so we parted. Why I believe the brother to be killed is for the following reasons - I could see when he wanted to go his way was the place where he wanted to cross was well observed by the enemy machine gunners as there was a small kind of bridge which he simply poured the lead into. There is no need for me to go into details of the fate of those brave lads who went that way and I presume my brother was one of the unfortunates. On this last piece I'm not going to place any reliance for I'm not sure of it although it may be to your benefit if I mention the fact. Whilst I was laying (sic) down wounded hostile artillery appeared to be searching the spot just about where this crossing was and I feel almost certain it was blown up, although mind, I don't place any reliance on what I have said re same.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as KEILLERUP.
SourcesNAA: B2455, KIELLERUP Otto James
Red Cross file 1510405

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