248, Lieutenant, 5th Light Horse Regt.
b. 13.10.1881 Nobby, Qld.
Enlisted: 18 September 1914 Qld.
d. 24.02.1937 Woombye, Qld.
Next of Kin: James and Margaret Kelly Hanly – Parents.
Private Hanly was promoted through the Ranks from Corporal to Sergeant to Lieutenant. He started his career in the 5th Light Horse Regiment and the Imperial Camel Corps and was wounded in action in June 1917 on the Sinai Peninsula with a shrapnel wound to his left leg. Hanley was invalided home to Australia 22nd August 1917 and appeared in the 1936 Queensland Electoral Roll as a fruitgrower living at Woombye.
Paul Hanly took a keen interest in local affairs and was a member of the Palmwoods Sub-branch of the RSSAILA.
Mrs. Hanly of Greenwich, Sydney, claimed to be the wife of the deceased Lieutenant Paul Hanley of the 5th Light Horse Brigade who she claimed was killed in action at Gallipoli, but the person to whom she was referring proved to be Paul’s brother, Lieutenant John Matthew Hanly of Dalby Queensland.
Paul Hanley from Woombye died a single man in 1937 at the relatively young age of 56 years. He was buried in the Military Section of Woombye Cemetery.
Hanley was survived by a sister, Mrs. J. Purcell (Toowoomba) and a brother, Mr. Maurice Hanly.
Hanley’s sister, Miss D. Hanly, died in 1927 and his brother Lieutenant John Hanly, was killed in the Great War.
Source: National Archives of Australia, including a letter regarding Mrs. Hanley of Greenwich, Sydney.
From the Genealogy Sunshine Coast publication
“AND THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER…”
REMEMBERING MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE OLD MAROOCHY SHIRE CEMETERIES – BOOK 1, WOOMBYE
Paul is not included in the Adopt a Digger database as he falls outside our criteria of living in the district before 1925. He is included in this gallery as he has lived in the district later in his life and is commemorated on the Sunshine Coast. Importantly, as a WW1 digger he still deserves to be recognised and commemorated by our project.