Biography

Birth date: 10 March 1907
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Cowra
Death date: 09 September 1970
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: NX12214 - Second World War, 1939-1945
NP2692 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 2/13th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 31/51st Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 31/51st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 31/51st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/13th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/13th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Art (1)

Art

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Lawrence Andrew Kelly

Portrait depicting Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Lawrence Andrew Kelly, NX12214, DSO, MID, Commanding 31st/51st Australian Infantry Battalion, 2/13th Australian Infantry Battalion, Commander Occupation Force and Garrison Nauru.

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Timeline

Date of birth 1907-03-10
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 1926
Interwar Service 1 1926 1 Fd Sqn, Royal Australian Engineers
Interwar Service 2 1931-10-29 gunner RAA 2MD
Interwar Service 3 1932-08-12 Darwin Det RAA
Interwar Service 4 1933-10-14 9 Hvy Batt RAA (Darwin)
Interwar Service 5 1934-08-24 1 Hvy Brigade RAA (2MD)
Interwar Service 6 1935-01-01 LBDR
Interwar Service 7 1935-10-03 BDR
Interwar Service 9 1936-08-07 SGT
Interwar Service 8 1936-08-10 Australian Instructional Corps Training Cadre
Interwar Service 10 1937-06-12 warrant officer Class II
Interwar Service 11 1939-10-01 H/lieutenant
Date commissioned 1939-10-02
Interwar Service 12 1939-10-02 adjutant & QM 36th battalion
Interwar Service 13 1939-11-01 Aadjutant & QM 30th battalion
Career summary 2 1940-04-14 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 3 1940-05-01 seconded 2/13th battalion
Career summary 4 1940-05-20 attached Headquarters 20th Brigade 1
Career summary 5 1940-08-10 captain (bd 1 May 40) promul
Career summary 6 1940-11-15 adjutant
Career summary 7 1940-11-26 arrived Middle East
Career summary 8 1941-08-25 - 1941-09-08 attached Headquarters 20 Bri
Career summary 10 1941-09-08 seconded staff captain Headquarters 20 Brigade
Career summary 9 1941-09-08 relinquish adjutant
Career summary 11 1942-05-02 Mention in Despatches (Feb-Jul 41)
Career summary 12 1942-06-15 relinquish staff captain Hq 20 Brigade
Career summary 14 1942-08-28 - 1942-09-26 medical (anxiety neuro
Career summary 16 1942-10-29 returned to unit (2/13th battalion )
Career summary 15 1942-11-24 major
Career summary 17 1942-12-31 course Combined Operations School 26
Career summary 18 1943-02-27 Returned to Australia (Syd)
Career summary 19 1943-07-30 arrived Milne Bay
Career summary 20 1943-12-18 attached Headquarters 20 Brigade
Career summary 21 1944-02-20 Returned to Australia (Bris)
Career summary 22 1944-04-22 course Land Headquarters Tactical senior officers
Career summary 23 1944-10-02 attached Headquarters 9thDivision3 Sep
Career summary 24 1944-10-15 - 1944-11-25 course Land Headquarters Tactical senior offi
Career summary 25 1944-11-20 temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 31/51st battalion
Appointment 1944-11-20 - 1946-01-17 Battalion: 31/51st; Rank on appointment: major, temporary lieutenant colonel ; Appointed from: major 2/13th battalion ; Reason for end of appointment: battalion disbanded
Career summary 26 1945-03-31 Mention in Despatches (Papua New Guinea up to 31 Mar 44)
Career summary 27 1945-07-12 Returned to Australia (Townsville ) ex Bougainville
Career summary 28 1945-08-03 arrived Bougainville
Career summary 29 1945-09-14 arrived Nauru
Career summary 30 1945-12-19 arrived Rabaul
Career summary 31 1946-01-17 Distinguished Service Cross Gen Stores and Clothing Equipment Div, MGO Br, Headquarters AMF
Career summary 32 1946-02-06 Returned to Australia (Townsville )
Career summary 33 1946-02-21 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Career summary 36 1947-05-01 commanding officer 3 Australian reinforcements battalion
Career summary 34 1947-05-06 Mention in Despatches
Career summary 37 1947-07-29 commanding officer 2 Australian Rec Training battalion
Career summary 38 1948-04-30 command Headquarters Rec Training Brigade
Career summary 39 1948-12-15 commanding officer 2 Rec Training battalion
Career summary 40 1949-05-06 commanding officer 1 RAR
Career summary 41 1949-07-11 TFD Australian Staff Corps
Career summary 42 1949-07-11 lieutenant colonel (Australian Staff Corps)
Career summary 43 1951-01-03 commanding officer 11 NS Training battalion
Career summary 44 1953-05-21 chief instructor School of Infantry
Career summary 45 1954-11-12 chief instructor Jungle Training School
Career summary 46 1955-08-31 command Headquarters 2 Cdt Brigade
Career summary 47 1957-03-10 Retired List
Date of death 1970-09-09
Career summary 1 Aadjutant & QM 30th battalion
Career summary 13 course Middle East Staff School 7 Aug
Career summary 35 *** POST WAR ***
Citations 2 'Lt-Col KELLY, commanding 31/51 Aust Inf Bn, was responsible for operations to clear the enemy forces from CAPE MOLTKE towards MATCHIN BAY. He successfully established a base at KURAIO and commenced patrolling to gain information of enemy localities.
Citations 3 Lt-Col KELLY commenced the advance on 30 Dec 44 basing it on a skilfully conceived plan which rapidly cleared the enemy from the coastal area. At the same time, by sound co-ordinated patrolling deep into rough mountain country, he cleared his flank.
Citations 4 From SipAAI northwards increasing opposition was encountered by strongly held enemy positions. Lt-Col KELLY dealt with these with excellent encircling tactics and bold patrolling.
Citations 5 The enemy determined to hold our advance on TSIMBA RIDGE with all his available forces. The position was protected by the sea, GENGA RIVER, swamps and steep razorback ridges. Lt.Col KELLY promptly initiated a sound patrol plan and on the information obtained, successfully drove the enemy, who were reinforced by naval personnel from TAIOF ISLAND and BUKA PASSAGE, and strongly reinforced with artillery, from his stronghold in a battle which commenced on 6 Feb and was succcessfully concluded on 9 Feb.
Citations 6 Vigorous pursuit was successfully maintained because of a sound plan worked out by this officer after seizing a bridgehead across the GENGA RIVER before defeating the enemy in position.
Citations 7 The remarkable success of these operations, which cleared the enemy from 25 miles of country, was due to Lt-Col KELLY's outstanding leadership, brilliant planning and determination to annihilate the enemy wherever he was found. Our troops were subjected to heavy and accurate enemy shelling in their hard fought advance over extremely rough country. Lt.Col KELLY by his frequent visits to all troops under his command, and by his personal disregard for danger and infectious enthusiasm, maintained a high morale and fighting spirit, and was an outstanding example to his troops who behaved splendidly in battle.
Citations 8 Known enemy killed were 141, and six guns, three "JUKI" MG and six LMGs were captured with other equipment.'
WW2 Service 1 Benghazi
WW2 Service 2 El Alamein
WW2 Service 3 New Guinea
WW2 Service 4 Bougainville