Percy Howard DONNELLY

DONNELLY, Percy Howard

Service Number: 1506
Enlisted: 24 April 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia, 11 September 1889
Home Town: Wickham, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sawyer and Manager of Melinga Sawmills, N.S.W.,
Died: Truck accident, Wickham, New South Wales, Australia, 1936
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
Anglican_1, Section 43, Lot 6
Memorials: Wickham "Citizens of Wickham" Volunteers Honour Roll, Wickham Public School Great War Honour Roll, Wickham St James' Anglican Church Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

24 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1506, 26th Infantry Battalion
29 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 1506, 26th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Aeneas embarkation_ship_number: A60 public_note: ''
29 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 1506, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane
7 Apr 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 1506, 26th Infantry Battalion, Wounded 31/7/1916 (Pozieres) GSW back

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery 
Served during The Great War, died tragically, resting at Sandgate Cemetery.

88 years ago today, on the Friday afternoon of the 6th March 1936, Private Percy Howard Donnelly, 26th Battalion (Reg No-1506), sawyer and Manager of Melinga Sawmills, N.S.W., from 12 Grey Street, Wickham, New South Wales and 7 Dickson Street, Wickham, N.S.W., was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 46. ANGLICAN 1-43. 6.

Born at Narrabri, New South Wales on the 11th September 1889 to Edward, died 10.6.1916, of 12 Grey Street, Wickham, N.S.W., age 59, buried same location as Percy, and Sophia Joannah Donnelly nee Collyer, died 27.6.1937, Wickham, N.S.W., age 83, mother of 7, sleeping at ANGLICAN 1-43. 8, name not inscribed on headstone, of 7 Dickson Street, Wickham, N.S.W.; husband of Elizabeth Donnelly nee Watts (married 20.3.1917 at the Parish Church, Longfleet, United Kingdom, age 33, died?), Percy enlisted on the 24th April 1915 at Beaudesert, Queensland.

Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on the 29th June 1915.

Wounded in action - 31.7.1916 (GSW back).

Admitted to hospital 15.12.1917 (old wound to the back).

Granted furlough from 1.1.1918 to 15.1.1918.
Commenced return to Australia 23.12.1919 on family ship.

Percy arrived home on the 10th February 1920 with wife Elizabeth and child, being discharged on the 17th April 1920.

Mr. Donnelly’s name has been inscribed on the Wickham Municipal District Roll of Honour Board, Wickham Superior Public School Roll of Honour and the Wickham St. James' Anglican Church Honour Roll.

The tragic circumstances of Percy’s death - Sawmill's Manager killed in truck accident on the Pacific Highway.

I have placed poppies at Percy’s gravesite in remembrance of his service and sacrifice for God, King & Country.

Not officially commemorated.

Younger brother Victor Henry (born 24.12.1893, Narrabri, New South Wales, labourer from Mitchell, Queensland, enlisted 20.11.1915, 6th Australian Field Company Engineers, Reg No-8946, RTA 10.5.1919, Australian Employment Company, died?, not officially commemorated) also served 1st A.I.F.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.