Kelcey, Frederick Henry (1377)

Place of Birth: Yass, NSW

Age: 25 years 5 months

Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 24 November 1914 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 1377            view online service record

Address:
44 Beach Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
L Kelcey (father)
44 Beach Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 2 February 1915
Ship: HMAT Clan McGillivray A46
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion – 2nd Reinforcements

Fate:
KIA: Sunday, 25 April 1915
Place: Gallipoli Peninsula


Private, 6 Infantry, killed in action 25 April, 1915, Gallipoli, aged commemorated Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli.

Parents: L and Mrs Emily Jane KELCEY, Born Yass, NSW. He enlisted as a 25-year-old labourer with his mother at 44 Beach Street, father deceased by the time medals were distributed. No circular returned and the only In Memoriam sighted was from Margaret V RYAN, Port Melbourne, relationship not shown. Posted Missing on 25 April, 1915, declared killed in action on that date by a Court of Inquiry, April, 1916.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

Comments

  1. Brian Membrey says:

    “Pte Joseph Hope, No. 1363, 6th Btn., 2 Rfcmts. has written to Casualty’s mother as follows … At about 4.30 p.m. on the 25th April, I saw casualty with a nasty wound in the leg. He could not walk, and as I was helping two other men to the beach, my hands were full, but I sang out to another man to give him a hand, and on I went. (At the time the Turks were chasing us up and getting nearer, so we had no time to waste). Your son said “For God’s sake, don’t let me stay here and be taken prisoner”, so with that, I helped him along until, with the weight of three men, I could not stand the strain, so I had to leave two of them behind while I took one on and then come back for the others, but I could not get back that far for the Turks had pushed our men back and were between us and those we were trying to get to. I was very sorry for what happened, but I really think he is a prisoner now with the Turks. I do not think he is dead, because it was only a fleshy wound, but it stopped him from walking”

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