Reginald Aloysius KELLY


KELLY, Reginald Aloysius

Service Number: WX9641
Enlisted: 4 December 1940
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/16th Infantry Battalion
Born: GERALDTON, WA, 13 June 1915
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of wounds, New Guinea, 3 October 1943, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Northampton War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN WX9641
4 Dec 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lance Corporal, SN WX9641, 2nd/16th Infantry Battalion

My Great Uncle

To my dearest Great Uncle Reg

You served this Country and paid the ultimate sacrifice, so that WE could live with the freedom we do.

My Grandad, your brother Basil, never got over your passing, and nor should he. He was so angry about war, the needless cruelty, the death and the inhumanity and suffering. But he was angriest that his three brothers were killed.

He spoke about you often, he looked up to you and know he wishes he was beside you. He wanted us to know who you were and I am grateful that I knew the few stories I did.

I love you Uncle Reg and wish I had the chance to meet you.

Love Katherine Pritchard (nee Kelly)



The details provided are taken from the book "1000 Men at War" the history of the 2nd/16th Infantry Battalion, published 1959, refer to page 202. Prior to the war Reginald was a labourer of Geraldton WA. He served with the 2nd/16th Inf Bn and was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. Unfortunately, he was wounded and Died of the Wounds 3rd Oct 1942. Rest In Peace. Lest We Forget.

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