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Arnold Joseph Kelly

3/4 portrait of Private A J Kelly of the New Zealand Engineers (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1917). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-K2807. No known copyright.

3/4 portrait of Private A J Kelly of the New Zealand Engineers (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1917). …


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  • Forenames
    Arnold Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Kelly AWMM
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    WWI 4/1947 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 October 1877 AWMM AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Annie Maria Kelly (wife), Crummer Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 4/1947 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 17 November 1915 AWMM
    Age 38 AWMM
    Plasterer/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • My great-grandfather was Arnold Joseph Kelly on my mother Deirdre Margaret Coxon (nee Kelly)'s side .His grandmother was Eliza Slattery who came out to New Zealand with her ex-policeman husband to be Bishop Pompallier's housekeeper and his gardener respectively at Ponsonby where the family were housed in Vermont St , Ponsonby.There were four or five daughters and a son who died shortly after arriving by ship.Eliza Slattery is described as an 'identity'in the newspaper . I have a photo in good condition of their daughter Mary Ann Slattery who was my great great grandmother .She is described as 'turning heads' when she used to arrive by gig with her husband up Symonds St at church.(Catholic).She is Arnold's mother .I have given my complete set of records (a copy) including scan of photo to the archivist at the Pompallier Centre , New St Ponsonby through my husband David Verran local historian who scanned everything related to these staff at the Pompallier's cottage in Ponsonby which is still there .Also the Pompallier Centre can be toured around during Heritage Week in October (libraries have a copy of what's on then)but you need to book very early .Well worth a visit where you may see books and photos even cottage furniture used. The cottage itself wasn't open.The archivist gave us an hour or two of her time to give us a guided tour . Public - Susan - Direct descendant - 20 November 2016 - Family papers, photos , birth and marriage certs, death certs,NZ herald articles.
    • My aunt Marilyn Ireland (nee Kelly) says in fact they weren't housed in Vermont St but a nearby house in a different street.Some of the daughters were married by Bishop Pompallier himself in his private chapel which you will go into on the heritage tour.Quite small but beautiful.Eliza Slattery was born in Madras and her ancestors worked there and elsewhere in India for the EAST INDIA COMPANY ,one as a sapper ,another in administration going back to the late 18th century. She doesn't appear to have any Indian ancestry according to marriage records. Public - Susan - Direct descendant - 30 December 2020 - Ancestry database, and original records
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About death

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  • Death
    29 July 1947 AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Plot 4 Q/3, Karori Cemetery. AWMM
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    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      26: 23 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM


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30 December 2020SusanAuckland, New ZealandDirect descendant
20 March 2017AllanRotoruaResearcher

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