Wilfred CHEARY


CHEARY, Wilfred

Service Number: 3491
Enlisted: 12 October 1915, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Goodwood, South Australia, 10 June 1896
Home Town: Kensington Park, Burnside, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in action, France, 16 August 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Serre Road Cemetery No.2
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Goodwood M Anglican Church / District Fallen of WW1 and WW II*
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World War 1 Service

12 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
17 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3491, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Fremantle
17 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3491, 28th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
16 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3491, 51st Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Mrs. Sendy, of Shipster's-road, Kensington Park, has been notified that her son, Private Wilfred Cheary, aged 20, was killed in action in France on August 14. He was born at Ethel-street, Forestville. His father, Mr. P. A. Cheary, was apprenticed at "The Advertiser" Office, where he was employed as a compositor until his death. The deceased soldier went with his parents to Western Australia, and after leaving school obtained a position on the clerical staff of the Railways Engineer's branch of the Western Australian railways, from which he enlisted. He was a military enthusiast, being a sergeant in the Senior Cadets, and was also of a journalistic turn of mind. At the age of 16, with the sanction of the Military Commandant, he issued a paper called the "Young Guard," for distribution amongst the cadets of Western Australia. He was a favorite with his officers and was popular among his chums." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 29 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)