Herbert Norman Kelly was born on 1 October 1893 at Jaspers Brush, NSW to John and Mary Ann (nee Tierney). He was a horse breaker prior to the war.
His experience with horses fuelled his eagerness to enlist.
Herbert ultimately joined the 12th Light Horse unit as a trooper at the exact age of 21 and 11 months.
The photo below was taken in Sydney, 1911.
During his service (6 November 1917), Herbert was charged during training for assaulting a civilian and subsequently served two months in gaol: Darlinghurst Detention Barracks.
He died on 15 November, 1917 at the George River, Liverpool due to accidental drowning. He was 22 years of age. He is buried at Rookwood Necropolis in Sydney and is commemorated at panel 8 at the Australian War Memorial.
NAA: B2455, KELLY H N
 AWM, Embarkation Rolls – Herbert Norman Kelly, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, <http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/roll_of_honour/person/R1641247/> viewed 18 December 2013.