James was a groom at Bullengarook Estate, near Bacchus Marsh, VIC(1), when he enlisted in the AIF on the 9th of May 1915, aged 21. He embarked aboard the HMAT A55 Kyarra with the 2nd Reinforcements, 31st Battalion in early January 1916, disembarking at Suez, Egypt later that month - ex Demosthenes. In March 1916 James transferred to the 46th Battalion and embarked for France in early June.
Killed on the Somme by shell while on Fatigue, bringing something up to the trenches - he was in my section and knew him well - Under me some months - buried at Chalk Pits near Mouquet Farm and Pozieres and cross put up at his grave.Source: White, 1890
Kennelly was killed in a trench known as OG2 at Pozieres by shell fire. He was buried outside the trench where he fell.Source: Captain Cunningham, 46th Battalion
He is listed on the Shire of Bacchus Marsh Roll of Honour, the Bacchus Marsh & District Roll of Honour and the Roll of Honour for the Bacchus Marsh ANA. He is also remembered at the Villers-Bretoneux Memorial, France and the Coimadai Avenue of Honour.
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