CLEARY, Michael St Leger
(Service number 6/4011)

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Date 18 May 1872 Place of Birth Hokitika

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Public Works, Waihao Downs
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Miss A. CLEARY (sister), 56 Bristol Street, Saint albans, Christchurch
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Post-war Occupations


Date 19 February 1920 Age 48 years
Place of Death Wairoa
Cause Accident
Memorial or Cemetery Wairoa
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Michael St Leger Cleary was the son of Matthew Michael and Cecil (Cecilia) Josephine (née Kelly) Cleary. Private M. St. L. Cleary was one of the recruits for the Tenth Reinforcements who left South Canterbury in mid November 1915 for Trentham Camp. He died when he fell from the balcony of a hotel where he was sleeping while working with a survey party.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 August 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 August 2019]; Timaru Herald, 13 November 1915, Hastings Standard, 19 February 1920 (Papers Past) [12 & 17 August 2019]

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