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Thomas Rielly

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 617 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 617 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Rielly AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Thomas Rielly AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12/2827 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 March 1883 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra ParnellAuckland City Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Whenuapai, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    William Rielly (brother), Whenuapai, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 August 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12/2827 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      London Gazette, 30 October 1918, p12853: 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in command of two guns supporting an advance by the infantry. Observing an enemy post harrassing the advance with machine gun fire, he brought his fire to bear on the position, moved forward himself single-handed and rushed the post, capturing six prisoners and a machine gun. His splendid act of courage and determined initiative enabled the infantry to continue their advance.' - 'London Gazette'- 29/10/1918 AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 4" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      144 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of William and Mary Rielly of Rewa Road, Mount Eden, Auckland

    Enlisted with rank of private and posted to A Company, 6th Reinforcements, Trentham Camp, Upper Hutt, 17 April 1915.
    Proceeded overseas on board HMNZT 'Willochra', 14 August 1915. Disembarked Suez, Egypt, 19 September 1915. Proceeded overseas to the Dardanelles, September 1915. Disembarked, Lemnos Island, Greece, and posted to Auckland Infantry Battalion, 29 September 1915. Proceeded overseas with unit to Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, 9 November 1915.
    Admitted to HMHS 'Oxfordshire', 12 December 1915 (jaundice); admitted to New Zealand General Hospital, Cairo, Egypt, 15 December1915; transferred to 'Aotea' Convalescent Home, Heliopolis, 27 December 1915. Discharged to New Zealand Base Depot, 17 January 1916.
    Admitted to New Zealand General Hospital, Cairo, Egypt , 26 January 1916 (pleurisy); transferred to Lady Godley's (New Zealand) Convalescent Home, Zeitoun, 14 February 1916. Discharged to Base Depot, Gezirah, 21 February 1916.
    Posted to 3rd (Auckland) Company, 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment, Moascar, Egypt, 8 March 1916.
    Proceeded from Alexandria, Egypt on board HMT 'Ascania' to France, 8 April 1916; disembarked at Marseilles, France, 12 April 1916.
    Attached to 2nd New Zealand Light Trench Mortar Battery, in the field, 10 May 1916.
    Appointed (Temporary) Lance Corporal, 21 November 1916.
    Promoted to rank of Corporal, 19 May 1917.
    Permanently attached to 2nd New Zealand Light Trench Mortar Battery, in the field, 3 July 1917.
    Detached to Trench Mortar School, 26 February 1918; rejoined battery, 15 March 1918.
    Promoted to rank of Sergeant, 3 April 1918.
    Detached to Divisional Rest Camp, 8 June 1918; rejoined battery, 24 June 1918.
    Transferred from 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment, to 1st Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment, and remains attached to 2nd New Zealand Light Trench Mortar Battery, 2 July 1918.
    Killed in action, 24 August 1918.
    Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

    Parents: William and Mary Rielly, Rewa Road, Mount Eden, Auckland AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    24 August 1918 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
    BapaumeFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM IX AA 3 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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