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Joseph Michael KELLY

Regimental number6801
Place of birthRathdowney, Queens Co, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressPayne Street, Torwood, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Kelly, Rathdowney, Queens, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 September 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 17 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1918
Discharge date11 October 1917
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 17 November 1916; admitted to ship?s hospital, 24 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 30 January 1917.

Marched into 4th Training Bn, Codford, 30 January 1917.

Found guilty, 14 February 1917, of overstaying leave from 12.00 am, 8 February, to 8.30 pm, 10 February 1917: awarded 2 days? Field Punishment No 2; forfeited a total of 7 days? pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 May 1917; marched into 4th Australian Division Base Depot, 4 May 1917; marched out to join unit, 7 May 1917; taken on strength, 15th Bn, 8 May 1917.

Found guilty, 14 May 1917, of being absent without leave from 9.00 am, 11 May 1917, until reporting at Tattoo, 12 May 1917: awarded 28 days? Field Punishment No 2; forfeited a total of 2 days? pay.

To hospital, 21 June 1917 (sick); rejoined unit, 2 July 1917.

To hospital, 2 August 1917 (sick); admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 2 August 1917 (acute hernia); transferred to Ambulance Train, 3 August 1917; to 20th General Hospital, Camiers, 3 August 1917; embarked for England, 12 August 1917 (acute anaemia and nephritis); admitted to Tooting Military Hospital, Tooting, 12 August 1917 (nephritis); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 7 September 1917; discharged on furlough, 13 September 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 27 September 1917.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, 27 September 1917.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 5 October 1917 (venereal disease, syphilis); discharged, 25 October 1917.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, 25 October 1917.

Admitted to Bulford Hospital, 26 October 1917 (sick).

Marched out to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 29 October 1917; marched into No 3 Command Depot, 29 October 1917.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 21 November 1917 (venereal disease); discharged, 26 November 1917; marched into Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 26 November 1917.

Marched out to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 11 January 1918.

Found guilty, 2 February 1918, of being absent without leave from 8.00 pm, 29 January, to 31 January 1918: awarded 9 days? Field Punishment No 2; forfeited a total of 13 days? pay.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, Sutton Veny, 20 February 1918; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, 2 March 1918.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 4 March 1918 (not yet diagnosed); discharged, 11 March 1918 (no appreciable disease); marched into No 1 Command Depot, 12 March 1918.

Marched out, 26 April 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 26 April 1918.

Commenced return to Australia, from England, on board HT ?Ruahine?, 12 May 1918; disembarked Sydney, 5 July 1918; discharged, 11 October 1917 (medically unfit, nephritis).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, KELLY Joseph Michael

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