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Charles Kelly

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Charles Kelly
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Personal Information
Date of Birth c1897
Place of Birth Cannington, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 18 years, 7 months
Description 5'9" (1.75m) tall ; 155lbs
70.307 kg
; fresh complexion ; grey eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Roman Catholic
Address East Cannington, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Thomas Kelly
Military Information
Reg Number 5733
Date of Enlistment 9 Mar 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement, transferred to 44th Battalion
Date of Embarkation 15 Jul 1916 ‒ 1 Sep 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A31 Ajana
Date of Return 5 Jun 1919 ‒ 8 Jul 1919
Ship Returned On SS Somali embarked 1 Jun 1919
Fate Wounded in action 6 Aug 1918
Returned to Australia
Monument none as yet
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

War Service

Entered camp on 9 Mar 1916 and after basic drill training he was allocated to the 18th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion on 4 Apr 1916. On arrival in England he was posted to the 3rd Training Battalion, and on 23 Sep 1916 he was transferred from the 11th to the 44th Battalion, continuing his training with them until he proceeded overseas on 25 Nov 1916 through Southampton. Before going overseas, on 10 Nov 1916 he was charged with being AWOL from midnight 9 Nov to 9pm 16 Nov 1916. Fo this he was awarded 7 days Field Punishment No.2, and forfeited 14 day's pay.

On 6 Aug 1918 Charles was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the chest. Treated by the 11th Australian Field Ambulance and passed to the 5th Casualty Clearing Station the same day, he was admitted to the 11th Stationary Hospital in Rouen on 7 Aug 1918. On 9 Aug 1918 he was released to the 2nd Convalescent Depot, and then on 12 Aug 1918 to the 11th Convalescent Depot. On 2 Oct 1918 he returned to duty, and rejoined his battalion the following day.

Charles was granted UK leave from 1 - 15 Jan 1919, rejoining his unit late on 20 Jan 1919. The next day he was charged with being AWOL from 0600 hours 15 Jan 1919 until 0600 hours 18 Jan 1919. He was awarded 7 days Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 10 day's pay. In late April he returned to England and soon after was on his way home to Australia.

Discharged by the 5th Military District on 22 Aug 1919.

Post War

On 15 Mar 1945 Charles wrote from a Welshpool road address to the Central Army Records Office requesting the medals that he had earned during WW1.

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