John Cecil Kilkelly

First Name: 
John
Middle Name: 
Cecil
Last Name: 
Kilkelly
Mother's Name: 
Caroline Kilkelly nee Mackey
Father's Name: 
John Kilkelly
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, January 4, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
18th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Saturday, June 22, 1963
Place of Death: 
Wollongong, N.S.W.
Details: 

John Kilkelly (Service No 4462) was born in Sydney, N.S.W. in 1891.

At enlistment John was single, 24 years old, employed as a miner and lived in Corrimal, N.S.W.  He had served 3 years with the St George Rifles.

He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A71 Nestor with 17th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement on 9th April 1916.  After he arrived in England on 7th June 1916, he was sent on to France, joining 18th Battalion in France on 10th September 1916.

John saw service on the Western Front until 23rd November 1916, when he was sent to hospital in England for treatment of severe trench feet and did not return to the front.

John remained in England until repatriated to Australia in September 1917.  While in England he met and married Elsie and she joined him in Australia where they raised 3 children.

After further treatment in Australia he was discharged, medically unfit with a pension, on 3rd April 1918.

John died in 1963 and is buried in Bulli Cemetry, N.S.W.  His service is commemorated on the Corrimal Public School Roll of Honor.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, KILKELLY JOHN CECIL

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