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John Patrick O'LEARY

Regimental number6359
Place of birthCoburg, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressNorthcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation43
Next of kinSister, Maria Clam, 73 Charles Street, Northcote, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the South African Mounted Police.
Enlistment date12 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateDied of disease 27 February 1917
Age at death from cemetery records45
Place of burialDurrington Cemetery (Grave No. 214), Wiltshire, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
102
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Annie O'LEARY
Other details

War service: England

Embarked from Melbourne, 23 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 29 January 1917.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 11 February 1917 (influenza); died of broncho-pneumonia, 27 February 1917.

Medal: British War Medal

O'Leary's personal effects were duly transmitted to Mrs M. Little, whom at some stage after enlistment he had designated as his next of kin. Subsequently, his sister, Mrs M.A. Clam, 73 Charles Street, Northcote, Victoria, laid claim to them. Mrs Little, on returning the effects, 'complained that it was unfair and improper to take it from her for the reason that the soldier had been living with her for the past 9 years, and that the soldier was disowned and neglected by his brother and sister, and that because of the family having severed all relations with him the soldier left her as his next-of-kin.'