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Joseph Louis DELLEY

Regimental number5575
Place of birthBundaberg, Queensland
SchoolBundaberg SE and Mt Perry State Schools, Queensland
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 3.5"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Delley, Tawah, Dallarnil Line via Maryborough, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected 9 times on account of filaria (tropical parasitic disease).
Enlistment date16 March 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 7 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He was determined to go to the war, tho rejected 9 times. He underwent 9 operations then past (sic) the 2nd. A good son and a brave lad. Never tasted strong drink, no cigarettes in his life.' (details from father)
FateDied of disease 11 November 1918
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialBournemouth East Cemetery (Plot S, Row I, Grave No. 145), Hampshire, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Louis and Mary Ann DELLEY, Dallarnil, Queensland. Native of Bundaberg, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4114 Pte Charles William DELLEY, 25th Bn, died of disease, 28 February 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 7 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 November 1916; marched in to 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, 21 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 December 1916; taken on strength, 26th Bn, in the field, 19 December 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 7 January 1917; transferred to 36th Casualty Clearing Station, 8 January 1917, and then to Ambulance Train, and admitted to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 9 January 1917; transferred to England, 20 January 1917, and admitted to Northamptonshire War Hospital, 22 January 1917 (filaria sanguinis hominus); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 14 February 1917; discharged on furlough, 23 March 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 7 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1917; rejoined 26th Bn, Belgium, 20 October 1917.

On leave to Paris, 13 March 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 20 March 1918.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 20 June 1918 (gonorrhoea), and transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 June 1918; to Ambulance Train No 9, 30 June 1918, and admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 5 July 1918; discharged to Base Depot, 12 September 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 85 days.

Rejoined Bn, 23 September 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 12 October 1918.

Admitted to Boscombe Military Hospital while on leave, 27 October 1918.

Died of disease (influenza), 11 November 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DELLEY Joseph Louis

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