Patrick Joseph (Paddy) O'LEARY

Badge Number: S8812

O'LEARY, Patrick Joseph

Service Number: 1166
Enlisted: 9 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Humbug Scrub, South Australia, 14 October 1893
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Lady Alice Gold Mine School
Occupation: Locomotive Engine Cleaner S.A.R.
Died: Spider Bite, Alice Well Station, Northern Territory, Australia, 10 November 1926, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Kanmantoo Roll of Honor, Kanmantoo War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

9 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
27 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1166, 10th Infantry Battalion
27 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1166, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
6 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

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Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal


Five times wounded on Gallipoli and France, Patrick Joseph O'Leary familiarly known as "Paddy," died recently as a result of blood poisoning following a bite from a spider in the Northern Territory. Mr. O'Leary, who was the youngest son of Mrs. O'Leary, Everard avenue, Keswick, was a man of exceptionally fine physique. He was exceedingly popular among his friends in the army and in the Railway Department, where he served prior to leaving for the Northern Territory.

Mr. J. Hanson, a son of Mrs. B. Hanson, 277 Wakefield street, who was a partner of deceased, learned of his death through an obituairy notice. He telegraphed to Alice Springs for information regarding the cause of his death. In 1925 Messrs. O'Leary and Hanson left Adelaide for Arnhem Land, in the most northern portion of the Northern Territory. Their idea was to operate a grazing lease of 1,200 square miles, which Mr. Hanson had secured. When they reached the Amaden Lake area, some 110 miles west of Alice Springs, they decided that the country there was admirable for pastoral purposes, and secured a grazing lease of 600 square miles..." - from the Adelaide News 01 Dec 1926 (