Roland Parker SHELLEY


SHELLEY, Roland Parker

Service Number: 1108
Enlisted: 15 May 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Kerang, Victoria, January 1891
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive Fireman
Died: Killed In Action, Villers-Bretonneux, France, 4 July 1918
Cemetery: Longueau British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gosnells Road Board HR, Gosnells War Memorial, Gosnells Ward Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

15 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1108, Perth, Western Australia
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1108, 28th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1108, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
4 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1108, 28th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
9 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 2nd Machine Gun Company
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...2nd Lieutenant Roland Parker Shelley, 22nd Machine Gun Company, of Gosnells, WA. He worked for the Western Australian railways as a fireman before enlisting on 12 May 1915. He embarked from Fremantle on HMAT Ascanius with C Company, 28th Battalion, on 29 June 1915, as a Private with the service number 1108. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 23 September 1915 and to Corporal on 25 December 1915. On 3 March 1916 he was taken on strength of the 22nd Machine Gun Company. He was promoted to Sergeant on 30 September 1916, to Second Lieutenant on 7 February 1917, and to Lieutenant on 13 May 1917. On 3 June 1918 he was gassed and admitted to hospital, resuming duty on 24 June 1918. He was killed in action on 4 July 1918 at Villers-Bretonneux." - SOURCE (