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Edmund KELLY

Regimental number2624
Place of birthRutherglen Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressDumbleyung, East Wagin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Patrick Kelly, Wagin East, Western Australia
Enlistment date22 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal RollAnzac Provost Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Conspicuous devotion to duty 1-7 October 1917 while on traffic control duty, also in attention to wounded.'
Recommendation date: 8 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 9 August 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous devotion to duty during the operations East of YPRES from 1st to 7th October, 1917. On Traffic Control duty on the Circuit and MENIN Road under very heavy shell fire by their fine work and steadying influence they [KELLY and 3792 Lance Corporal James DRUMMOND, 1st Divisional Traffic Control] assisted greatly in maintaining the steady stream of traffic which was necessary in order to maintain the supply of ammunition, rations and water to the front line. They were also of great assistance to the stretcher bearers in maintaining the steady evacuation of wounded. When their tour of duty was over they volunteered to remain on duty in order to be of any assistance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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