Donnelly, George W (869)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 28 years 11 months

Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 31 March 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 869            view online service record

Address:
1 Union Street
North Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Mrs G Donnelly (wife)
1 Union Street
North Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Monday, 10 May 1915
Ship: HMAT Euripides A14
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion

Fate:
KIA: Monday, 29 November 1915
Place: Gallipoli Peninsula


As noted in Brian Membrey’s comment (below), George had previously enlisted on 19 October 1914 but had been discharged at his own request on 29 January 1915 due to having a “very fragile” child only three weeks old. The papers from this earlier enlistment can be viewed here.

Comments

  1. Brian Membrey says

    He had earlier (October, 1914) enlisted as George DONNELLY, but was discharged at his own request after a letter from his wife to Base Depot revealed she had a “very fragile” child of just three weeks and she had been unaware he was in camp until a fortnight previously. In a strange twist, she wrote a second letter the day after his discharge saying that he did not wish to leave camp and that it would be better for him to stay as he had little chance of finding work. He re-enlisted around six weeks later with 42 days service shown on his Attestation. The circular was returned by his widow as Mrs KENNEDY in East Richmond and nominated Mortlake as her late husband’s place of association.

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