Bert KELLY

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KELLY, Bert

Service Number: 1801
Enlisted: 19 January 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bowden, South Australia, 10 October 1895
Home Town: Bowden, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Paper Ruler
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 29 June 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery
La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, La Plus Douve, Wallonie, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bowden Albert Lodge No 12 U.A.O.D. Roll of Honour, Thebarton E.S. Wigg & Son Ltd. WW1 Pictorial Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

19 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1801, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1801, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kanowna, Adelaide

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Biography

Killed in Action during a Trench Raid on the night of the 28/29th of June 1916. The action took place near Ontario Farm in the Messines Ridge sector of the Ypres / Flanders front line. 

The Battalion diary summaries the events that occurred that night: "During night our raiding party entered enemy trenches at Ontario Farm under Artillery Barrage and did some damage. Killing 17 enemy and taking 4 prisoners. retaliation by Bosche Artillery severe. Our casualties Wounded Lts Sommerville JR and Gooden SR. Other Ranks Killed 4, Wounded 26." Although it was only a relatively small trench raid carried out that night, the German's inflicted more damage on the raiders than the 27th did to the German's.

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