John Donnelly

Donnelly-Name   John Donnelly

Number    Private 4180

Battalion      7th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Mirboo 

Next of Kin   His father Michael Donnelly of Orbost then Thorpdale

Date and place of enlistment   Korumburra 29/7/1915

Physical details on enlistment Age 29 years 10 months. 5’7 ½ ”, 160 pounds, green eyes and black hair.

Religion   Roman Catholic

Occupation   Labourer

Date and place of death

He was killed in action on 25/2/1917

Location of grave or memorial

He is remembered on the Villers Bretonneux Memorial

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

Associated with Fairbank

 Military History

  • 29/7/15 He enlisted in Korumburra
  • He is on the Fairbank Honour Roll.
  • He was originally in the 13th reinforcement 7th battalion
  • 29/12/15 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Demosthenes
  • At sea from Alexandra to Marseilles he went to sleep on sentry duty and was sentenced to a years detention
  • 31/3/16 His sentence was commuted to 60 days
  • 7/4/16 He was in the 7th General Hospital St Omar with mumps
  • 1/5/16 He joined his unit
  • 9/8/16 He was in hospital sick
  • 18/1/17 He joined his unit
  • 25/2/17 He was killed in action
  • His effects were a belt, coins, identity disc, pipe case, scarf, balaclava
  • His father received all medals, his plaque and scroll.

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