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Regimental number2656
Place of birthMagherafelt, Maher, Co Derry, Ireland
AddressCasino, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinFather, Wm Jas. McLeery, Authram, Castle Dawson, County Derny, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 August 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2636
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Discharge date26 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 12th Bn, Railhead, Egypt, 1 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 5 April 1916. To 2nd Entrenching Bn, 10 August 1916. Transferred to 3rd Infantry Brigade HQ, 5 November 1916.

Proceeded to England as batman to Staff Captain B.J. Andrews, 14 February 1917; rejoined unit in France, 8 April 1917. Detached for duty at 1st Division HQ as batman to Captain Andrews, 24 April 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 6 May 1917. Detached for duty at 1st Division HQ, 18 June 1917; rejoined unit, 20 July 1917.

Transferred to 12th Bn, 11 October 1917.

Wounded in action, 17 April 1918 (shell wound, right knee), and admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance; embarked for England, 20 April 1918, and admitted to Prince Christian Military Hospital, Englefield, Surrey, 20 April 1918; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 27 April 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 11 May 1918. Admitted to Training Brigade Hospital, Hurdcott, 25 June 1918. Proceeded overseas to France, 6 September 1918; rejoined unit, 19 September 1918.

Marched out for return to Australia, 17 April 1919; commenced return to Australia on board 'Ormonde', 16 June 1919; disembarked Sydney, 4 August 1919; discharged, 26 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McLEERY John

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