Garnet Francis KELLY


KELLY, Garnet Francis

Service Number: 10287
Enlisted: 7 March 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 11th Field Company Engineers
Born: Second Valley, South Australia, 12 July 1883
Home Town: Second Valley, Yankalilla, South Australia
Schooling: Prince Alfred College
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Killed in Action, France, 8 January 1917, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Second Valley War Memorial, Yankalilla War Memorial Wall
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World War 1 Service

7 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
20 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 10287, 10th Field Company Engineers
20 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 10287, 10th Field Company Engineers, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
8 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 10287, 11th Field Company Engineers

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Much regret was expressed at Normanville when it was learned that Lance-Corporal Garnet F. Kelly, only son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Kelly, of Anacotilla, near Second Valley, had been killed in action in France on January 8. He was born at Second Valley 33 years ago, and but for brief intervals spent the whole of his life there. He was educated at Prince Alfred College, and entered into partnersbip with his father as farmer and grazier. He was a remarkably fine young man, and was deservedly esteemed for his qualities, which made him popular with all sections of the community. He took an active interest in church matters, and filled various offices in connection with the Methodist Church. He was president of the Rapid Bay Literary Society, and secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society branch. At the time of enlisting he was a member of the Rapid Bay District Council. He was accepted for active service in March last, and was transferred to Seymour camp, Victoria, for training, and subsequently to Salisbury Plain. His unit was sent to France about November 25." - from the Adleaide Chronicle 03 Feb 1917 (