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Thomas SHELLY

Regimental number2441
Place of birthHindmarsh, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressHolden Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 10"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Shelly, Holden Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 9 months in the 76th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date19 March 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 21 September 1915
FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919
Discharge date18 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to No 3 Australian Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 16 November 1915 (gonorrhoea); discharged to Emergency Hospital, 6 December 1915: total period of treatment for venereal disease: 20 days.

Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 4 January 1916, of breaking camp, and being absent without leave for 1 day: awarded 14 days' detention, and forfeiture of a total of 15 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 27 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 23 February 1917 (scabies), and transferred to 1st Australian Rest Station; to Scabies Hospital, 24 February 1917; to 1st Australian Rest Station, 3 March 1917; discharged to duty, 21, 21 March 1917.

Admitted to to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 22 March 1917 (septic sores, leg); rejoined Bn, in the field, 29 March 1917.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 27 May 1917, of when on Active Service being absent without leave from 7 am, 6 May, until 2030, 12 May 1917: awarded 60 days' Field Punishment No 1.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 10 August 1917, of when a soldier acting as sentinel he at Etaples on 29th July 1917 was found sleeping at his post: awarded 6 months' imprisonment with hard labour.

Sentence commuted to 90 days' Field Punishment No 2, 28 August 1917.

Remission of 7 days' Field Punishment No 2 awarded, 3 November 1917, for good conduct and industry while in Corps Detention Compound.

Rejoined Bn from detention, 6 November 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 16 January 1918; rejoined Bn, 4 February 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 6 May 1918 (impetigo); transferred to Ambulance Train No 7, 7 May 1918, and admitted to 25th General Hospital; transferred to England, 13 May 1918 (seborrhoea), and admitted to Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 3 June 1918; discharged on furlough, 5 June 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 19 June 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 17 June 1918 (impetigo); discharged to duty, 26 June 1918.

Found guilty, 29 June 1918, of bein g absent without leave in London, 10.30am-11 am: admonished

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 26 August 1918.

Found guilty, 18 September 1918, of overstaying leave from midnight, 10 September, until apprehended by Military Police at Westbury, 7.15 am, 18 September 1918: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 21 days' pay.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 20 September 1918; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 23 September 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 4 days.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 8 November 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 16 November 1918; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 22 November 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 7 days.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'City of York', 14 January 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 24 February 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide,18 April 1919.

War service: 4 years 31 days (of which 3 years 247 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as SHELLEY.

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