Herbert Clarence KELLY MSM

KELLY, Herbert Clarence

Service Number: 5392
Enlisted: 16 February 1916
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Creswick, Victoria, Australia, 1895
Home Town: Culcairn, Greater Hume Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Alfred Hospital, Melbourne,Victoria, Australia, 22 May 1947, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
Roman Catholic, Compartment K, Section 6, Grave 42
Memorials: Creswick 'Unknown' Pictorial Honour Roll, Creswick Honor Roll, Creswick School Pictorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5392, 2nd Infantry Battalion
14 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5392, 2nd Infantry Battalion
14 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5392, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
8 May 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 56th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Meritorious Service Medal

'For meritorious service and devotion to duty. Sergeant KELLY displayed great gallantry at POLYGON WOOD, East of YPRES on 26th September 1917, and during the heavy bombardment on the day following the engagement. His high courage, devotion to duty and splendid example helped in a great measure to carry his comrades through the strain of that day. His devotion to duty is worthy of recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918