vincent michael donnelly

Donnelly memorial tree in Gridley Street Eumundi
Donnelly memorial tree in Gridley Street Eumundi

Vincent Donnelly came from an Irish Catholic family with 3 boys and 3 girls.


Before the war he had been working as a carpenter for his father Patrick Donnelly who built a number of the buildings in Eumundi. 


He left to join the war effort on 25 November 1916 on board the HMAT A72 Beltana aged 24 headed for the Western Front.


Private Donnelly was killed in action by shrapnel that pierced his neck on 18 September 1918 and was later buried at Jeancourt Communal Cemetery France.


His story included being court-marshalled and charged with desertion and a postcard from a French woman that his mother never got to see. To find out more on Donnelly watch the short video below 

Vincent michael donnelly

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