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James Patrick KELLY-HEALY

Regimental number1860
Place of birthAdavale, Queensland
SchoolSt Mary's Christian Brothers College, Toowoomba, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressChinchilla, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Patrick Kelly-Healy, Adavale via Charleville, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date31 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll42nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Entered Public Service as a clerk in CPS office, Toowoomba, at the age of 17 years. Later transferred to Miles & Chinchilla as CPS & Land Ranges. Enlisted at the age of 20 on 1916 & sailed for England in August of that year. Saw service until Feb. 1917, then entered St John's College Cambridgec as a cadet & gained commission.' (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Belgium
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Patrick and Honor KELLY-HEALY, Adavale, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 5131 Pte Richard KELLY-KEALY, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 12 May 1919; 130 Pte John KELLY-HEALY [listed as John Kelly HEALY], 41st Bn, returned to Australia, 23 September 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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