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Thomas Cecil CLEARY

Regimental number3028
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
SchoolChristian Brothers, Perth, Western Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address8 Bay Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs J King, 8 Bay Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 13 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 27 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 13 August 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death24.10
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot VII, Row A, Grave No. 7), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
129
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Jane King (formerly CLEARY) and the late Thomas CLEARY, 200 South Terrace, South Fremantle, Western Australia
Medals

Military Medal

'In operations near BROODSEINDE on night of 10th October, 1917, when his Company was moving up to the front line it was dispersed by heavy shell fire and this man did splendid work in assisting to collect the Company and finding that all guides had become casualties he at once volunteered to act as guide and successfully guided his Company to its position in the front line. Afterwards returning he guided the ration parties to the various posts. All this was carried out under heavy shell fire and at great personal risk. He was evacuated to hospital suffering from exposure on the 14th October, 1917. His unfailing courage and ready assistance set a splendid example to others.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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