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Lawrence John KELLY

Regimental number1231
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
Other NamesLaurence John
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSmelterer
Address'Wyrallah', Alfred Street, Woolwich, Lane Cove River, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs E J Kelly, 'Wyrallah', Alfred Street, Woolwich, Lane Cove River, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameLight Trench Mortar Battery, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/130/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Amiens on 8 August 1918 and again on 11 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 25 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations of 8th August, 1918 east of AMIENS Private Kelly was acting as a linesman and throughout the whole operation showed marked gallantry and devotion to duty. Again on 11th August,1918 during a particularly heavy Machine Gun and artillery barrage from the enemy he, (with Private LOVERIDGE) went out on five occasions and found and repaired breaks in the lines. It was largely due to his loyal devotion to duty that telephonic communication between his Company at FRAMERVILLE and Battalion Headquarters was possible during the action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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