Humphrey (Joe) O'LEARY


O'LEARY, Humphrey

Service Number: 2087
Enlisted: 27 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Humbug Scrub, South Australia, 1 April 1892
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Rhynie Public School, Lady Alice Gold Mine School
Occupation: Locomotive Engine Cleaner
Died: Killed in Action, Fromelles, France, 20 July 1916, aged 24 years
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
No known grave - Memorial
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Nairne War Memorial, Rhynie School Roll of Honour, Riverton Rhynie Pictorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

27 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2087, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2087, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2087, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
20 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2087, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA: 1895 - 1954) Saturday 23 September 1916


Mr. and Mrs. H. J. O'Leary, of Richmond, have been informed that their second son, Humphrey (Joe), was killed in action in France on July 20. He was 24 years of age, and was born in the school-house at the Lady Alice gold mines. He was educated by his father, and on leaving school spent two years farming with his uncle, Mr P. Kain, of Yeelanna, West Coast. Tiring of farm life, he joined the S.A.R. Loco. Department, where he and his younger brother, Paddy, were employed till the time of their enlistment. Private P. J. O'Leary was in the historic landing at the Dardanelles on April 25. The late soldier had the pleasure, while training in Egypt, to meet his brother, who had joined the Imperial Camel Corps. He then proceeded with his battalion to France, where he had a number of cousins and an uncle on active service. He possessed a bright and genial disposition, and was liked by all who knew him.