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Eric Matthews KELLY

Regimental number807
Place of birthBallina New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBangalow, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Kelly, Newrybar, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, G Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (awarded)

'Conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Pozieres.'
Recommendation date: 7 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918

Military Medal

'At POZIERES, FRANCE, 18/22nd. August 1916 as stretcher bearer Pte. KELLY showed conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. In spite of the fact that his Company was always under heavy shell fire Pte KELLY was always on the spot to render first aid to the wounded and nursed them until it was possible to evacuate them. E impossible but this stretcher bearer managed to get his patients into the safest places until dawn when he repeatedly and unhesitatingly took his party over the parados under the eyes of the enemy, under rifle and shell fire to the Aid Post. His patients were always well dressed and well cared for. Pte KELLY has been a stretcher bearer in the Battalion since its initiation. His work has always been of the highest order especially during the attack on POZIERES, FRANCE, 23rd. July 1916.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

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