Matthew Edward FARRELLY MID

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FARRELLY, Matthew Edward

Service Number: 1948
Enlisted: 11 January 1915, Enlisted at Bright, Victoria
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Porepunkah, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Home Town: Porepunkah, Alpine, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Engine Driver
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

11 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1948, 6th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Bright, Victoria
17 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1948, 6th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
17 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1948, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
23 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 6th Infantry Battalion, At Serapean
20 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1948, 6th Infantry Battalion, Shell splinter to the face and neck
4 Jan 1917: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, A hard and willing worker who consistently performed good work. In the Fleurbaix sector his work was exceptionally good. He was very keen when taking out wiring parties and patrols into 'No Man's Land' . He was conspicuous in the raid on enemy trenches on 12 and 13 June 1916 at Pozieres where despite being wounded, he stayed with the platoon until the Battalion was relieved when he was evacuated to hospital London Gazette on 4 January 1917, page 254, position 138 Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 29 June 1917, page 1392, position 71
26 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 6th Infantry Battalion, In the field
20 Sep 1917: Involvement Sergeant, SN 1948, 6th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Thomas Farrelly and Julia Farrelly nee O'Brien of Porepunkah, Victoria. Brother of James Harold Farrelly, Julia Marion Farrelly, Seymour John Farrelly, Thomas Farrelly, George Farrelly, William Farrelly, Clara Farrelly, Catherine Farrelly,Ellen Farrelly, Eugene Farrelly, Veronica Agnes Farrelly and Annie Monica Farrelly

Medals and Awards: Mentioned in Despatches, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal