David Patrick O'LEARY


O'LEARY, David Patrick

Service Number: 1073
Enlisted: 18 September 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cookes Plains, South Australia, 29 November 1895
Home Town: Mount Barker Junction, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway Employee
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 7 June 1915, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Beach Cemetery - ANZAC Cove
Beach Cemetery (Plot I, Row H, Grave No. 12), Gallipoli, Turkey, Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Littlehampton Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 16th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1073, 16th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1073, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Joshua Daminato

Private David P. O’Leary

Private David Patrick O’Leary was born on the 29th of November 1895 in Cookes Plains, South Australia. He was the third son of Mr. P. O’Leary and Mrs. E. O’Leary and lived in Mount Barker Junction, South Australia.

David worked as a railway employee with his father prior to enlistment. He was 5 foot 4, had blue eyes and fair hair. He and his family were Roman Catholic. On the 18th of September in 1914, at the age of 18 and 10 months, David enlisted in the A.I.F.

David’s service number was 1073 and he was enrolled in the 16th Battalion unit which embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on Troopship A40 on the 22nd of December 1914 after three months of training. The Battalion was made up of South Australian and Western Australian recruits. The 16th Battalion stopped briefly in Albany, Western Australia, and then proceeded to Egypt, arriving in early February 1915. A week after landing David and the 16th were thrown into the attack on Bloody Angle. David was involved in establishing and defending the frontline of the ANZAC beachhead. The 16th Battalion suffered many casualties. David O’Leary died of wounds on the 7th of June 1915, during the defending of the frontline.

Private David Patrick O’Leary was buried at the Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. David was given a 1914-15 Star Medal, a British War Medal and a Victory Medal for his service.



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

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954)  Sat 10 Jul 1915


The name of Private D. P. O'Leary (killed) appears in the 47th casualty list. He was the third son of Mr. P. O'Leary, ganger, at Mount Barker Junction, and worked with his father prior to joining the 16th Battalion of the Second Expeditionary Force. He was 19 years of age in November last, and was one of three brothers who enlisted. The eldest brother was recently reported wounded, while the other brother is at present in camp.