Daniel Reginald (Reg) KELLY

KELLY, Daniel Reginald

Service Number: 3490
Enlisted: 5 March 1917, Seymour, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Mooroopna, Victoria, Australia, 1900
Home Town: Mooroopna, Greater Shepparton, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, 28 July 1974
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
Matthews Lawn Section - Plot: Row: R Grave: 70
Memorials: Mooroopna War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

5 Mar 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3490, Seymour, Victoria
16 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3490, 58th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Jul 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3490, 58th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Melbourne
26 May 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 3490, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion, Merris (France), Gas
2 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 3490, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Bernard Mees

Enlisted at 17 but never wanted to talk about his war experience later. He suffered war-related illnesses for much of the rest of his life and died in the Heidelberg repatriation hospital in 1974. He married in 1927 after getting work with the family of another member of his battalion and he and his young wife Eileen moved to Merriwagga, NSW, where he had been awarded a soldier-settlement block. After seven years of drought, they walked off the land and eventually settled in the Griffith area where he ran a motor business. He moved the family down to Melbourne in the 1950s and lived in East Bentleigh.