William Henry KELLEY


KELLEY, William Henry

Service Number: 6300
Enlisted: 14 April 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Smeaton, Victoria, AUSTRALIA, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Malmsbury, Macedon Ranges, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Accidental death, Leongatha, Victoria, AUSTRALIA, 2 August 1919, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Leongatha Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Malmsbury War Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

14 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6300, 7th Infantry Battalion
11 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6300, 7th Infantry Battalion
11 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6300, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
10 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

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Private William Kelley  6300    7th Australian Infanty Battalion

Next of Kin   His father Stephen Kelley of Leongatha

Physical details on enlistment   Age 19 years 4 months, 5’8”, brown eyes and dark brown hair

His family moved to Leongatha during World War 1. His sisters Daisy, Lillian, Rose and Therese all attended Leongatha State School. He had two brothers who served in WW1, Joseph and James Kelley 

Military History

• His family was living in Malmsbury when he enlisted and then moved to Leongatha in 1917.

• 26/10/16 He disembarked Plymouth

• 13/12/16 He went to France via Folkestone

• 23/12/16 He joined his Battalion

• 4/10/17 Wounded

• 10/10/17 To England  for treatment at the Devonport Military Hospital

• 15/5/18 He returned to France

• 23/5/18 He returned to his Battalion.

• 5/7/18 Wounded

• 13/7/18 He returned to his Battalion

• 17/4/19 He left England and returned home to Leongatha

• 2/8/19 He was accidently killed 

*  At the time of his death William was still in the Army and waiting for discharge. As such his death was treated the same as if he died on active service overseas. This explains why his family received the same entitlements with respect to service medals, the memorial scroll and death plaques. His name is on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial Canberra