Name: EDWARD JAMES FEELY
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service Number: 3695
Units Served: 16th Battalion & 48th Battalion
Personal Details: Edward James Feely was born in Port Pirie on the 13th of December 1885. He had brown hair, blue eyes, fair skin and stood at 5ft 8 ½ inches tall. His mother and father were James and Annie Feely and he was the eldest of 8 children. Before going to war Edward was a labourer.
Enlistment Details: Edward enlisted in Adelaide on the 25th of August 1915 when he was 29 years and 8 months. His service number was 3695 and he was a part of the 16th battalion.
Details about his role in War: Edward embarked from Adelaide on the 2nd of December 1915 aboard H.M.A.S “Malwa”. On the 9th of March 1916 Edward was allotted to and taken on strength with the 48th Battalion in Tel-El-Kebir, Egypt. He embarked Alexandria on the 2nd of June 1916 and disembarked in Marseilles on the 9th of June.
On the 28th of June 1917 Edward James Feely was appointed Lance Corporal. Four months later, on the 12th of October 1917, Edward’s battalion was involved in the First Battle of Passchendaele where fighting took place in the most appalling waterlogged conditions. Within this battle Edward James Feely was killed in action.
Age at Death: 32 years and 10 months
Memorial Details: Tyne Cot British Cemetery, plot 39, row F, 15
Interesting Material: The belongings sent back to Edward’s mother were a pipe, rosary beads, a lanyard, a booklet and a photo.
Edward had a brother, Allan Jervis Feely, who also went to war in September 1916 but he made it home in June 1919.