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John Thomas Henry KELLY

Regimental number1391
Place of birthMeerut, Bengal, India
SchoolArmy School, India
Age on arrival in Australia45
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 7"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinSister-in-Law, Mrs Sarah Kelly, 4 Campbell Road, Wandstal Slip, London, England
Previous military serviceServed in the British Army: 2 years Boy service; 12 years 1st West Yorkshire Regiment; 15 years with the Rifle Brigade.
Enlistment date2 November 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularJoined the 1st West Yorks in Meerut, India, at the age of 14; discharged in '88. Joined Rifle Brigade 1893; discharged 1905. Has African medals and other decorations. (details from wife)
FateDied of wounds 15 August 1915
Date of death15 August 1915
Age at death53
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 38), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force; disembarked Gallipoli Peninsula with 13th Bn, 13 July 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 9 August 1915 (gun shot wound to clavicle); evacuated to Hospital Ship 'Gascon', 9 August 1915; died of wounds and buried at sea, Lat 36.4 Nth, Long 18.0 East, 15 August.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsStated on Attestation Form that place of birth was Dublin, Ireland.
SourcesNAA: B2455, KELLY John Thomas Henry

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