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Frederick Henry Pierce CLEARY

Regimental number3261
Place of birthKendall England
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMildura, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Cleary, Kirkland House, Kendall, Westmoreland, England
Enlistment date7 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations North East of BELLICOURT between 29th September/1st October. During the advance on to the objective, namely, CABARET WOOD FARM on 1st October this Signaller, quite regardless of his life, went out and laid wires to various stations under heavy fire, thus completing communications at a most critical period. In addition, he carried wounded in on his return to Company Headquarters on each trip. Later, he volunteered to go out and search NO MAN'S LAND for his Company Commander who was known to have been hit the previous day. After remaining out for nearly three hours he found his Officer dead in a shell hole and came in and reported same. This signaller has always displayed great energy and skill at his work and has established and maintained communications on many previous occasions under most difficult and dangerous conditions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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