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Phillip KELLY

Regimental number2684
Date of birth27 August 1889
Place of birthAvenel, Victoria
Other NamesPhilip
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressGlencoe Park, Barmedman, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, William Parry Kelly, 'Glencoe', The Avenue, Strathfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 30 September 1918
Place of death or woundingBellicourt, France
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialRoisel Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row H, Grave No. 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
161
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Eliza KELLY, 'Glencoe', The Avenue, Strathfield, New South Wales
Medals

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. displayed great devotion to duty and courage on the occasion of the attack on POLYGON WOOD on 26th September 1917. On one occasion he rushed over to a captured 'pill-box' and took charge of the prisoners, also bringing back a machine gun. On another occasion he attacked an enemy machine gun at close quarters and put it out of action. His conduct throughout the engagement was most exemplary.'

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 6034 Pte William George Avenal KELLY, 1st Bn, returned to Australia, 15 September 1918; 21274 Sapper Stanley James KELLY, Wireless Squadron, returned to Australia, 22 March 1919; 2685 Pte Frank KELLY, 55th Bn, returned to Australia, 7 February 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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