Name: Matthew Edward Farrelly
Rank: Private Sergeant
Service Number: 1948
Units Served: 6th Battalion
Personal Details: Mathew was the son of Tom Farrelly, from the Victorian town of Porepunkah, Australia.
Enlistment Details: Matthew enlisted on March 2nd 1915 and was posted in the 5th Reinforcement of the 6th Battalion.
Details about his role in War: Matthew was a part of the 6th Battalion which together with the 5th, 7th and 8th Battalions formed the 2nd Brigade. Matthew had fallen ill with Pneumonia and Dysentery and was admitted to a military hospital and embarked for England on the 26th August 1916; there he was admitted to King George Hospital Stamford. His battalion served at ANZAC until the evacuation in December.
Matthew returned to services in February 1916, it was during this time when he was promoted Corporal for one day. Later to be appointed to Lance Sergeant on the 23rd May 1916.
The battalion returned to Egypt then sailed to France and the Western Front in 1916.
Matthew was wounded in action in August 1916, but no record of wounds documented. From then until 1918 the battalion was heavily involved in operations against the German Army. The battalion’s first major action in France was at Pozieres in the Somme Valley in July 1916. Then they went on and fought Ypres in Flanders, returning to the Somme for winter.
Matthew fought with the 6th Battalion until he was killed in action in Belgium on the 20th September 1917.
Age at Death: Matthew Edward Farrelly’s age is unknown due to contradictory legal documents.
Memorial Details: Ypres(Menin Gate) Memorial
Interesting Material: Matthew was mentioned in dispatches on the 4th January 1917 for distinguished and gallant services, and devotion to duty.