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James Peter KELLY

Regimental number245
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
OccupationBank clerk
Address59 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 10"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Kelly, 59 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Volunteers; 4 years in the Citizen Military Forces; 6 months Home Service.
Enlistment date15 March 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 2, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/7/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918
Discharge date14 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 1st Division Depot, Tel el Kebir, 5 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria for England, 29 July 1916.

Taken on strength, Details Company, No 3 Camp, Parkhouse, 14 October 1916.

Transferred to 5th Division Machine Gun Company, 13 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 May 1917.

Admitted to hospital, 15 May 1917; rejoined unit from hospital, 21 May 1917 (no further details recorded).

Taken on strength, 4th Machine Gun Company, in the field, 11 June 1917.

Admitted to 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 11 July 1917 (varicocele); transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station (abscess, neck), 13 July 1917, and transferred to Ambulance Train No 13 and then to 3rd Recovery Station, 13 July 1917; marched in to Machine Gun Base Depot, Camiers, 17 July 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 14 August 1917.

On leave to England, 8 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 22 February 1918.

Unit designation changed to 4th Machine Gun Bn, 1 April 1918.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 8 September 1918 (varicocele); transferred same day to 5th Casualty Clearing Station; to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 11 September 1918; to England, 19 September1918, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 20 September 1918. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 23 September 1918. Discharged on furlough, 24 October 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 7 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Mamari', 21 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 4 February 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 14 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, KELLY James Peter

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