Thomas KELLY

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KELLY, Thomas

Service Number: 1021
Enlisted: 18 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kapunda, South Australia, December 1892
Home Town: Renmark, Renmark Paringa, South Australia
Schooling: Renmark Public School
Occupation: Jockey
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 July 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Men from Renmark and District Roll of Honor Boards (4), Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

18 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1021, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1021, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1021, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1021, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
25 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1021, 10th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

"THE LATE PRIVATE J. S. KELLY.

Mr. and Mrs. James Kelly, of Renmark, have received word that their son, previously reported as missing, was killed in France on July 25. He was 23 years and 1 months of age, and enlisted at the beginning of the war. He left Port Adelaide on October 20, 1914. He was at the Dardanelles for 23 weeks before setting wounded, and then he went to Gibraltar and London Hospitals. He was away about four months, and he landed back in Egypt in January, and was sent straight back to France. He was a good bomb thrower, and was loved by all who knew him, for his bright, cheerful manner. He was educated at the Renmark public school. He took on rough riding, steeple chasing, and riding in show rings. He was always happy when with horses. He had ridden in a great number of race meetings in South Australia, and also a great deal in Broken Hill, where he had some bad falls. He never saw danger in anything. His younger brother, Pat, Pistol King's old mount, is now in Egypt." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 11 Nov 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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