J. F. G. Daly
James Fitzgibbon Daly was killed during World War One.
James Fitzgibbon Daly (4643) and William Warren Daly (4474) attended Dana Street State School. They enlisted a few weeks apart but embarked together on the HMAT Themistocles on January 28th, 1916. Both served with the 58th Battalion in the Battle of Fromelles. James was killed in action on July 19th, 1916, and William dying of wounds a few days later on July 22nd. Their mother, Christina, was informed first of the death of William and was so distressed that Ballarat’s Chaplain Snell requested that the army withhold news of the death of James because ‘it is feared that in her present condition of health the news would prove fatal to her’. In a subsequent letter of apology the Army regretted that due to ‘a chain of unhappy circumstances the request was inadvertently overlooked.’ Christina proved strong enough to survive the devastating news, and to disclose that James had been just 17 years of age. Unlike many who died at Fromelles, both have known graves in France, James at Rue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery, and William at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension.
Honoured on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour for his World War One service.
Buried in the Rue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery.
--Beth Kicinski 12:11, 14 August 2013 (EST)