Raymond John KELLY MM

KELLY, Raymond John

Service Numbers: 322, 4961
Enlisted: 17 August 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Broomfield, Vic., 1893
Home Town: Creswick, Hepburn, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: 5 October 1981, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Creswick 'Unknown' Pictorial Honour Roll, Creswick Honor Roll, Creswick School Pictorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 322, 8th Infantry Battalion
19 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 322, 8th Infantry Battalion
19 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 322, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Melbourne
18 Feb 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4961, 12th Infantry Battalion
18 Feb 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4961, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Military Medal

'At BULLECOURT on the 3rd May 1917, Private Kelly reorganised his gun crew immediately his N.C.O. was wounded, and pushed forward to a position in the first objective. he then returned into 'NO MANS LAND', which was under a heavy barrage, to recover a gun-stand dropped by a casualty. Later, in the general withdrawal he again carried portion of the gun under heavy fire to our first position. He was the sole survivor of the detachment. On the next day Private Kelly volunteered to search in broad daylight for his missing comrades; whilst patrolling in advance of our forward position he was fired at by an enemy sniper, whom he located and silenced with his rifle. Eventually he reached the original objective, reconnoitred the enemy's lines, and succeeded in bringing back information to his Commanding Officer that it was unoccupied. The position was then garrisoned and bombing parties were enabled to extend our gains. This man's self sacrifice and devotion to duty deserves special recognition.'