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Richard Joseph KELLY

Regimental number761
Place of birthCo Dublin, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPolice constable
AddressElizabeth Street, West Devonport, Tasmania
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 8.25"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs J L Kelly, 'Brightside', Elizabeth Street, West Devonport, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 December 1916
Place of enlistmentDevonport, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 4, Reinforcement 14
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/9/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll761A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Mary KELLY
Discharge date16 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Suez, 31 December 1917; disembarked Alexandria, 2 January 1918; embarked Alexandria, 8 January 1918; disembarked Southampton, England, 24 January 1918.

Marched into 1st Training Bn, Sutton Veny, 24 January 1918; transferred to 12th Bn, 24 January 1918; taken on strength, 12th Bn, 24 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 May 1918; marched into New Zealand General Base Depot, Etaples, 14 May 1918; proceeded to unit, 16 May 1918.

Taken on strength, 12th Bn, 5 June 1918.

To hospital, 19 June 1918 (sick); admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 16 June 1918 (influenza); transferred to 18th Casualty Clearing Station, 19 June 1918; discharged to duty, 24 June 1918; rejoined unit, 26 June 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 17 January 1919 (lumbago); transferred to 20th Casualty Clearing Station, 17 January 1919; to 83rd General Hospital, Boulogne, 19 January 1919; embarked for England, 26 January 1919; admitted to Fulham Military Hospital, 26 January 1919; to 1st Australian General Hospital, Sutton Veny, 18 February 1919; discharged on furlough, 21 February 1919, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 7 March 1919; marched into No 2 Command Depot, 7 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia, from England, on board HT ?Armagh?, 5 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 18 May 1919; discharged, 16 July 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 June 1935
Age at death53
Place of burialCornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart, Tasmania
SourcesNAA: B2455, KELLY Richard Joseph

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