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Matthew Aloysius FARRELLY

Regimental number5300
Place of birthDogheda, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressNorth Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 10.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ruby Emma Farrelly, 52 Burt Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack East of VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS, on the 8th August 1918, these two N.C.O.s [FARRELLY and 5878 A.V. HOLT] rushed a German machine gun that was firing on our troops. They captured it killing six of the crew and taking six prisoners. This act enabled the advance to be continued.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date12 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 September 1916; marched in to 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, 26 September 1916; proceeded overseas to France, 16 November 1916; marched in to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 17 November 1916; reverted to Private, 19 November 1916; proceeded to join unit, 3 December 1916; taken on strength of 28th Bn, 4 December 1916; to be temporary Corporal to complete establishment, 15 December 1916; promoted to Corporal, then temporary Sergeant, 17 January 1917.

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 27 January 1917 (ulcer to hand); transferred to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 31 January 1917; to England, 18 February 1917; embarked Havre, 23 February 1917; admitted to Brighton General Hospital, England, 24 February 1917.

On leave, 7 April to 23 April 1917; reported to Perham Downs Command Depot, 23 April 1917; classed 'B1A2', 19 April 1917; transferred to 70th Bn, Wareham, 29 April 1917; to be Lance Sergeant, 18 August 1917; promoted to Sergeant and transferred to 28th Bn, 19 September 1917.

Found guilty, 10 October 1917, of (1) neglecting to obey Australian Imperial Force Depot orders in that he did not wear a belt and (2) being in possession of a pass to which he was not entitled: awarded severely reprimanded by Commanding Officer.

Marched out to Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 19 October 1917; proceeded overseas to France, 5 December 1917; marched in to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, France, 6 December 1917; proceeded to join unit, 9 December 1917; taken on strength of 28th Bn, Belgium, 12 December 1917.

Admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 7 May 1918 (myalgia); discharged to duty, 10 May 1918; rejoined Bn, 11 May 1918.

Wounded in action and admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 29 August 1918 (shrapnel wound to leg); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 30 August 1918; to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 31 August 1918; to England, 1 September 1918; admitted to Exeter War Hospital, England, 2 September 1918; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 11 December 1918; discharged from hospital and granted leave, 13 December 1918; leave extended from 27 December to 2 January 1919;marched in to Weymouth Command Depot, 2 January 1919; awarded Military Medal, 18 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nevasa', 5 March 1919; disembarked Perth, 20 April 1919; discharged, 12 June 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal (both returned, 30 September 1924)
Date of death22 March 1945
Place of burialWollongong Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, FARRELLY Matthew Aloysius

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