Year of Birth:  1887

Place of Birth:  Richmond, North Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  10 May 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  7 September 1916, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Clan McGillivray A46

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  41st Australian Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  2097

Died:  7 September 1918


Frank Kelly married Elsie Card 25 October 1910 in Cairns Qld and had 2 children, Lillian Mary born 23 April 1911, died 5 February 1912 and Albert Francis born 20 November 1914 died 1916.

Frank and his brother Jack were well known in the Croydon field. They both lost sons to Spinal Meningitis within a few days of each other.

At the time of his enlistment Frank Kelly gave his age as 29 years, his occupation a labourer and his next of kin his wife, Mrs. Elsie Kelly, c/- T D Royal, Gatton St. Cairns.  His height was 5 feet 7 inches, weight 138 pounds with dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. His religion was Roman Catholic.

Frank was admitted to hospital on the 18 October 1917 having been mustard gassed. He was transferred to Queen Mary’s Military Hospital London. Gassed was classed as wounded. He rejoined his battalion on the 20 April 1918.

Frank Kelly was killed in action on the 7 September 1918. He is remembered on the Memorial at Villiers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villiers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.


HMAT Clan McGillivray A46 – boarding Brisbane 1916


.NAA: B2455 – memorial details


NAA: B2455 – letter from his mother


Cairns Post – 7 March 1916, p3


Cairns Post – 7 March 1916 p4


Cairns Post 20 March 1918 p4


Online Resources

Photograph of the: HMAT Clan MacGillivray A46,

NAA: B2455 ,Frank Kelly, National Archives of Australia

Frank Kelly, Australian War Memorial

Cairns Post – 20 September 1918 p4

Cairns Post 7 March 1916 p3

Cairns Post 7 March 1915 p4


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