Patrick Michael CONNELLY

CONNELLY, Patrick Michael

Service Number: 3276
Enlisted: 2 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Abbottsford, Victoria, Australia, February 1888
Home Town: Wonthaggi, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: SW to head, Belgium - Broodseinde Ridge, 4 October 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3276, 8th Infantry Battalion
11 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, 3276, 8th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
11 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, 3276, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Adelaide
28 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 3276, 8th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , Otitis media shock

Pte Patrick (Percy) Connelly

Pte Connelly with his mate Lt/Cpl J H Dehn, X111 Platoon, 'D' Company, 8th Battalion were with Lt. J T Maguire moving up into an advanced position towards the dawn jump-off line in the attack for Broodseinde Ridge near Zonnebeke in Belgium in the early hours (between 1am - 2.26am) of 4/10/1917 when a High explosive shell hit. Pte.Connelly was killed instantaneously with a shrapnel wound to the head, Lt.Maguire was mortally wounded dying some time later in the arms of Lt. F A Teakle, 12th Battalion, and L/Corp Dehn was seriously wounded with shrapnel to the right arm. Dehn later wrote a letter informing a Miss Brown, 10 Murray St., Abbotsford, Victoria about Connelly's loss. Lt. Maguire's last words were recorded by Lt. Teakle as "Leave Me...I'm Done...Lead my Men On" and this was communicated to family and immortalised in a poem by Marion Miller Knowles published in the Maryborough & Dunolly Advertiser, 23/01/1918.

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