7th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
16/08/1915 (Killed in Action)
Austin Kelly was the son of John and Annie Kelly (nee Austin). Austin was born on 12th November 1896 in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. The family moved to Clonmellon Town, Westmeath. His father was a constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary. Austin attended Wilsons Hospital School, a fee-paying Church of Ireland institution. Private Austin Kelly was serving with ‘C company, 7th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, when he landed at Suvla Bay in Gallipoli in August 1915. A week later he was one of hundreds of men killed in the attempt to capture the heights of Kiriche Tepe. He died on Monday 16th August 1915.
The Anzac and Suvla cemeteries are first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat- Bigali Road. From this junction travel into the main Anzac area. Follow the road to Helles, opposite the Kabatepe Museum, at 14.2 kms. take a right turn at the 'T' junction and at 14.3 kms. take the left fork. After a total of 22.8 kms, take a right turn to the memorial along a rough track 500m long. The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.