(Service number 945)

Aliases Believe born LEARY.
First Rank Private Last Rank Trooper


Date Unknown Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date 17 December 1914 Age 29 years
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Engine driver
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John O'LEARY (father), Orari, South Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 9 stone 4½ lbs. Chest measurement 34 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair brown.

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Australian Imperial Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 1st Light Horse Brigade, 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforcements
Date 22 May 1915
Transport Matakuta
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 11 November 1915 Age
Place of Death Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Embarkation Pier Cemetery, Turkey
Memorial Reference Sp. Memorial C. 31.
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John O'Leary enlisted on 17 December 1914 at Enoggera, Queensland, Australia. he nominated his father John o'Leary of Orari as his next-of-kin. His father was untraceable to receive the war medals. John may well have been born john Leary,on 1 January 1874 in the Geraldine district to John and Margaret (née Murphy) Leary.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [19 January 2019];

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