Claude Donald KELLY

KELLY, Claude Donald

Service Numbers: Q99597, QX50639
Enlisted: 2 May 1941, Fortitude Valley, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 8 April 1913
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Polytechnic, Brisbane
Occupation: Professional Jockey, Electric Welder
Died: Cancer, Brisbane, Queensland, 17 April 1979, aged 66 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 2 Service

2 May 1941: Enlisted Fortitude Valley, Queensland
20 May 1943: Involvement SN Q99597
20 May 1943: Involvement Sapper, SN QX50639
26 May 1943: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN QX50639
15 Mar 1946: Discharged
15 Mar 1946: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN QX50639

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WW2 Service Record

Sapper C.D. Kelly had been a jockey, then electric welder, prior to joining the Citizen Military Force (CMF) on 2.5.1941.

He was transferred to the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 26.5.1943.

During his service, Sapper C.D. Kelly served in Australia, and in the No. 4 Australian Maintenance Platoon at;

  • New Guinea / Milne Bay - 29.7.1943 to 29.7.1944, and;
  • Morotai, and Borneo - 11.4.1945 to 10.12.1945.

He was discharged from service on 15.3.1946.

Though only infrequently mentioning his war service, when he did, he spoke kindly of the Fuzzy Wuzzys in New Guinea.

He was a gentle, quietly spoken man of few words who was loved, and is now warmly remembered in the hearts of his family.