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Phillip Thomas DONNELLY

Regimental number551
Place of birthWaratah, Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer, bushman
AddressIda Bay, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24.6
Height5' 9"
Weight159 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Donnelly, Ida Bay, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of poor feet)
Enlistment date4 October 1916
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 15, Reinforcement 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 23 December 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll551B
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion
FateDied of wounds 2 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialDoullens Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot VI, Row F, Grave No. 54), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary DONNELLY, Ida Bay, Lune Riva, Tasmania
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 23 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 17 February 1917; marched into Details Camp, Perham Downs, 18 February 1917.

Admitted to Belton Park Hospital, Grantham, 21 April 1917 (influenza); marched into Machine Gun Training Depot, Perham Downs, from hospital, 9 May 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 June 1917; taken on strength, 11th Machine Gun Company, in the field, 8 October 1917.

Reallotted Regimental Number 551B.

Wounded in action, 30 March 1918 (gun shot wound, buttock, perforating), and admitted to 11th Field Ambulance, and transferred to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Boulogne.

Died of wounds, 2 April 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DONNELLY Phillip Thomas

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