Wednesday 15 June 2011

Private Cyril Douglas O'Leary

Born on 15 October 1895 in Vankleek Hill, Ontario - son of Richard and Isabella O'Leary, Aylmer East, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Kemptville, Ontario; trade as bank clerk; single; no current military service; previously served with the 43rd Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Kemptville, Ontario, on 12 February 1916 (number 639598) - promoted to lance-corporal on 7 June 1916 - promoted to corporal on 21 September 1916 - departed for overseas on 17 October 1916 - embarked at Halifax on 18 October 1916 - disembarked at Liverpool on 28 October 1916 - appointed acting corporal on 28 October 1916 - taken on the strength of the 109th Battalion, CEF, on 2 November 1916 - taken on the strength of the 124th Battalion, CEF, on 8 December 1916 - rejoined the 156th Battalion on 6 January 1917 - reverted to private on own request for the purpose of proceeding overseas - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 19 January 1918 - joined the 38th Battalion in the field on 22 January 1918 - died at No.8 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, France, on 1 October 1918 of gunshot wounds to the chest received that day - buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery (grave V.C.15), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Library and Archives Canada, digitized personnel file; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, "Debt of Honour" register,

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