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Harold Sydney CLEARY

Regimental number6852
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
AddressKensington College, Magill Road, North Kensington, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8.5"
Weight127 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Agnes J Cleary, Kensington College, Magill Road, North Kensington, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Scottish Rifles, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date8 June 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Infantry Brigade, 8th Field Ambulance Sections B and C
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommisioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)No details of fate entered on Nominal Roll.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Granted leave with pay and subsistence, 12 June-12 August 1919 (Non-Military Employment: pultry farming, attending Kenmore Poultry Farm, Charing, Kent).

Reported to AIF Headquarters, 13 August 1919; granted 14 days' leave, to report to AIF Depot, Sutton Veny, 28 August 1919, to await allotment of transport for return to Australia.

Did not march in to Sutton Veny, but disappeared.

Struck of the strength of the AIF 'in consequence of desertion, 1 April 1920', and forfeited all entitlements, including war medals.

Subseuqently discovered living in Malherb, near Maidstone. Kent, working on the farm of a Mr Kitchen under the assumed name of MURRAY.

Medal entitlements etc restored, 9 January 1926.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLEARY Harold Sydney

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