William Philip John KELLY

KELLY, William Philip John

Service Number: 3846
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ilfracombe, Queensland, Australia, 17 August 1889
Home Town: Blackall, Blackall Tambo, Queensland
Schooling: Blackall State School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 April 1917, aged 27 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

31 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 3846, 25th Infantry Battalion
31 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 3846, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Brisbane
2 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 49th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

At dawn on the morning of 5 April 1917 at Noreuil a group of men of the 49th Battalion AIF were enfiladed by German machine gun fire. They suffered 53 casualties within a few minutes; Private Kelly was probably one of them.

His younger brother, 5386 Pte. Thomas Kelly 9th Battalion AIF, died of wounds less than 2 months later, 31 May 1917. Both are listed on the Blackall War Memorial, Queensland.