Paul Joseph FENELEY

FENELEY, Paul Joseph

Service Numbers: 35605, 3506
Enlisted: 12 March 1917, Sydney
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 1st Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Allynbrook, New South Wales, Australia, 13 March 1895
Home Town: Maitland, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Maitland Boys' High School, Maitland, New South Wales
Occupation: Civil Servant
Died: Natural causes, Belfield, New South Wales, Australia, 26 August 1957, aged 62 years
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
Catholic Cemetery - Section: Mortuary 2, Area: 20, Plot: 1511
Memorials: Maitland High School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

12 Mar 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 35605, Field Artillery Brigades, Sydney
2 Aug 1917: Involvement Gunner, SN 35605, Field Artillery Brigades
2 Aug 1917: Embarked Gunner, SN 35605, Field Artillery Brigades, HMAT Miltiades, Sydney
3 Jan 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 1st Field Artillery Brigade
20 Jun 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 3506, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, HT Konig Friederich August, England for return to Australia - disembarking Sydney 10 August 1919.
12 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 3506, 1st Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

One of seven children of Patrick Charles Feneley and Ellen Mary White, Paul Joseph Feneley was born at Allynbrook in the lower Hunter Valley in 1895. His mother's family were hotelliers at Allynbrook, Gresford and Maitland so the family moved to West Maitland in 1899 to manage the Metropolitan Hotel. His father died in 1907. His mother married Alfred John Lindsay in 1911.

After completing his education at Maitland High School, Paul Fenely was appointed as a clek with the newly formed NSW Forestry Commission. In early 1917 he enlisted in the A.I.F. along with his older brother Cecil. Both were assigned to the 1st Field Artillery.

Sadly, his brother 35604 Gunner Cecil Bernard Feneley was killed in action in September 1918, just seven weeks before the Armistice. His eldest sister, Staff Nurse Dorothy Mary Feneley served with the Australian Army Nursing Service in Salonika, Greece for two years. His step-father, Alfred Lindsay also served during the war.

Gunner Paul Feneley returned to Australia in August 1919 and resumed his career with the Forestry Commision. He married Kathleen Appleton at Maitland in 1925 and they were to have five children. 

Paul Joseph Feneley died at Belfield, New South Wales in 1957.