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Raymond John KELLY

Regimental number322
AddressNapier Street, Creswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMrs C W Stephenson, Napier Street, Creswick, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll322A
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 15 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'At BULLECOURT on the 3rd May 1917, Private Kelly reorganised his gun crew immediately his N.C.O. was wounded, and pushed forward to a position in the first objective. he then returned into 'NO MANS LAND', which was under a heavy barrage, to recover a gun-stand dropped by a casualty. Later, in the general withdrawal he again carried portion of the gun under heavy fire to our first position. He was the sole survivor of the detachment. On the next day Private Kelly volunteered to search in broad daylight for his missing comrades; whilst patrolling in advance of our forward position he was fired at by an enemy sniper, whom he located and silenced with his rifle. Eventually he reached the original objective, reconnoitred the enemy's lines, and succeeded in bringing back information to his Commanding Officer that it was unoccupied. The position was then garrisoned and bombing parties were enabled to extend our gains. This man's self sacrifice and devotion to duty deserves special recognition.'

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 October 1981

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