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William James Thomas KELLEY

Regimental number2930
Place of birthDalgety New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressIronmongie via Cooma, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Andrew James Kelley, Ironmongie via Cooma, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "10 October 1918

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 14 October 1918"

FateDied of disease 10 December 1918

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty on 3rd October, 1918, near ESTREES. He was taking a message to Battalion Headquarters when he passed his Company Commander lying wounded in an exposed spot. He stopped to assist him but as he did so the officer received two more wounds from machine gun bullets. Private KELLEY, all the time under heavy machine gun fire, dressed the wounds and removed him to a shell hole and then delivered his message.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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