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William KELTY

Regimental number218
Place of birthLaunceston Tasmania
ReligionSalvation Army
OccupationLabourer
AddressLongford, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, James Kelty, Longford, Tasmania
Enlistment date13 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 20 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 June 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous Gallantry and devotion to duty in action East of YPRES on 12th October 1917. This man was a stretcher bearer, and worked with great courage and determination for nearly forty eight hours. He had to carry under particularly heavy fire and difficult conditions which required great courage and determination to overcome. His work was of a very high order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1008 Pte Mervyn William KELTY, 40th Bn, killed in action, 28 March 1918; 217 Pte George Ellis KELTY, 40th Bn, killed in action, 7 June 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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