Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS



Born: 1891

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 6581

Birthplace: Bolinda/ Riddles Creek,

Parents: William Kelly; Mary Baker

Died: 1972

Burial place: 14/05/1972 - Altona Cemetery

Awards and Honours

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Mention in Dispatches
  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


2nd Veterinary Section, 12th Reinforcement; 4th Mobile Veterinary Section



Regimental Service Number: 572

Enlistment date: 19 June, 1915 Maribyrnong

Age at enlistment: 24 years 6 months

Address at enlistment: Bolinda, Victoria

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father: William Kelly, Bolinda, Victoria

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Weight: 9 stones 5 pounds
Complexion: Dark
Eyes: Grey
Hair: Black
Distinctive marks: 1 scar left jaw

Embarkation ship: H.M.A.T. A59 Botanist.

Rank: Sergeant

Return Date: 2 June, 1919

Return Vessel: Beltana.

Arrival at Australia: 19 July, 1919.

Discharge Date: 18 October, 1919

War Service Summary

22/03/1916 - Transferred to 4th Mobile Vetinary Section
28/12/1916 - Promoted temporary Sergeant
28/12/1916 - Detached from 4th Mobile Vet. Sec. to 38th Battery 10th F.A.B. as A.V.C. Sergeant
06/01/1917 - Rejoined unit and reverted to permanent grade Private
11/01/1917 - Detached from 4th Mobile Vet. Sec. to 38th Battery F.A.B. as A.V.C. Sergeant
31/01/1917 - Rejoined unit and reverted to permanent grade Private
21/02/1917 - Promoted temporary Corporal
01/05/1917 - Promoted Corporal
05/05/1917 - Detached to 1st Anzac Mobile Vet. Section
16/05/1917 - Rejoined Unit
07/11/1917 - Mentioned in Sir Douglas Haigs despatches of 07/11/1917A.S.A. List 279 dated 01/01/1918
14/05/1918 - Mentioned in Dispatches: London Gazette, 2nd supplement, # 30448 dated 25 (or 28th) December, 1917 for conspicuous services rendered.
Promulgated Commonwealth of Australia Gazette no. 57, 18 April, 1918.
18/06/1918 - Awarded Meritorious Service Medal A.S.A. List 346 dated 18 June
04/10/1918 - Promoted Temporary Sergeant
26/11/1918 - Awarded Meritorious Service Medal, London Gazette, 3rd supplement, No. 30,750 dated 17 June, 1918:
“His Majesty The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of Meritorious Service Medal to the undermentioned in recognition of the valuable services rendered with the Forces in France during the present war.”
Promulgated Commonwealth of Australia Gazette no. 173, 7 November, 1918.
04/01/1919 -Promoted Sergeant
07/04/1919 -Proceeded to Havre for repatriation
25/05/1920 - One certificate # 1601 for Mention in Despatches, London Gazette, No 30448
09/10/1920 - 2 oak leaves, 1 large and 1 small, mentioned in dispatches emblem received

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Clive Kelly never married.


Date of death:
1972 Reg # 12391

Place of burial:
14/05/1972 - Altona Cemetery: Clive Kelly, Court of Memories,

Other relevant information:
Photograph available at the Australian War Memorial EO1804

Additional Information

The Bacchus Marsh Express
Saturday 15 May 1915, P 2

Mr. Clive Kelly, an employee of Mr. E. E. D. Clark for some years, has enlisted for the front. He was presented with a wristlet watch from his fellow employees, and a Swan fountain pen from Mr. C. Looney, the manager.


Australian War Memorial
Service Record
Nominal Roll
Newspaper accounts