Hanly had been born in Liverpool England. On his attestation form he listed his next of kin as father J. J. Hanly, Howard, Queensland, and mother W. M. Hanly of Jolimont in East Melbourne. (National Archives of Australia: Australian Imperial Force, Base Records Office; B2455, First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920; HANLY Joseph Dillon : Service Number - 872/Lieutenant : Place of Birth - Liverpool England : Place of Enlistment - Maryborough VIC : Next of Kin - (Mother) HANLY W M.)
He had received his father's permission to enlist. (NAA, B2455, Hanly J D, pg 52)
Hanly sailed for Egypt as a private on 2 February 1915 with the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance on HMAT A51 Chilka.
In 1918 Hanly joined the Australian Flying Corps and he returned to Australia in 1919.
|Joseph Dillon Hanly in 1918 as a trainee pilot with B Flight, No. 8 Training Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) at Leighterton, Gloucestershire, England. Australian War Memorial ID number D00127 retrieved from http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/D00127/|
On Wednesday 23 September 1914 a farewell was held for Joseph Hanly, hosted by Mr J. H. Deeble, manager of the bank, and his wife. Afternoon tea, eatables, wine and cigars were served. Mr George Downton presided, proposing a toast. Among others, Councillor Paten and Mr G. Woods spoke at the function. The National Anthem and "Auld Lang Syne" were sung.
A full report of the farewell appeared in the Avoca Free Press on 26 September 1914.