Cleary, Jerry: Service no. 226542


Digitized Service Record

Source: 18th Battalion Facebook Group post by family member.

Court Martial Record

Summary of Service for Jerry Cleary, reg. no. 226542

Date Event Remarks
July 10, 1895 Born  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
October 5, 1915 Enlistment Enlisted in Kingston, Ontario.
October 5, 1915 to November 30, 1915 Served with 8th Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles.
December 1, 1915 to March 1916 Transferred from 3rd Division, Kingston, Ontario to 2nd Depot Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles Award 48 hours punishment for being absent with out leave. Recorded December 13, 1915.
January 25, 1916 Vaccinated
January 17, 21, 26, 1916 Vaccinated against typhoid
March 29, 1916 Left for England Embarked on the S.S. Olympic.
April 1, 1916 Assigns pay Assigns pay to Mrs. Alice Cleary at a rate of $15.00 per month. Note that this date is the date of record on the assignment sheet. The actual documentation was probably done before Private Cleary left for England.
April 11, 1916 Arrived England
April 12, 1916 Shorncliffe, England Taken on strength with the 2nd Canadian Coros Depot and on the same day T.O.S. with the Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment.
September 17, 1916 Taken on Strength 11 Reserve Battalion
September 27, 1916 Attached with the 18th Battalion Transferred to an active duty unit and shipped from England to France.
September 28, 1916 Arrives France at the Canadian Base Depot
October 10, 1916 Joined 18th Battalion in the field. Arrived in BONNEVILLE, the Somme, along with 127 other ranks as reinforcements. These men needed after the actions the battalion was involved in September.
March 21, 1917 Contracts tonsillitis and is treated at No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance (C.F.A.). It is not known why Private Cleary was moved to three other field ambulance units. Perhaps the units got busy with battle casualties and he was moved to make room for those men.
March 21, 1917 Transferred to No. 5 C.F.A.
March 26, 1917 Transferred to No. 6 C.F.A.
March 28, 1917 Transferred to No. 13 C.F.A.
March 30, 1917 Returns to duty.
October 23, 1917 Granted 10 days leave. Granted 10 days leave to Boulogne, France.
November 8, 1917 Returns from leave.
September 12, 1918 In confinement waiting trial. Charge 1: When on Active Service, striking his superior officer. Not Guilty. Charge 2: When on active service, Drunkenness 22/8/18. Guilty. Sentenced to Field Punishment No. 1.
October 10, 1918 Admitted to 22nd Casualty Clearing Station due to G.S.W. to the head. The Canadian Corps was actively pursuing the German Army as the end of the war came to an end. The War Diary details the action the day Private Cleary was wounded:


At 06:00 hours the Battalion assembled at T.20.a.&d. advancing to jumping off position in T.c.n.d., from which position they jumped off under cover of an Artillery Barrage at 07:00 hrs. Battn. Hqrs. was located in a funk hole in the railway cutting at T.10.d.40.50. The 19th Battalion was on the right and the 6th Bde. on the left. The Barrage was not good, the progress of the troops being retarded half an hour on account of our own shells breaking just ahead of the jumping off position. “A” and “B” Companies (Left and Right respectively) led off, “D” Coy in support, “C” Coy in Reserve. “A” Company reached old trenches in T.10.b. and T.11.a. but further progress was stopped by enemy M.G. fire from the left flank. The Brigade on the left not having gotten forward. “B” Coy reached the river in T.11.b.&d. where a line was formed and held. About 13:00 hrs. the 19th Battalion with Calvary patrols were successful owing to an intense M.G. fire and the fact that our own Artillery was out of range at this time. At 14:00 hrs. Lieut. L.E. Boulton with nine men went forward and established a post in railway embankment at T.11.b.50.60. east of ERCLIN RIVER which was found to be dry. No further attempt was made to advance during the day. During the day’s fighting the Battalion casualties were Lieut. W.A. Cash and 6 O.R.s killed in action. Lieuts. Spyer, M.N. [M.M.] Wilson, and A.E. Babcock and 70 O.R.s wounded. Lieut. J.C. Little and Batman were reported missing. 3 O.R.s were admitted to hospital to-day. The night passed very quietly.

October 18, 1918 Died of wounds sustained in combat at 22nd Casualty Clearing Station.
October 1918 Interred Buried at the Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference III. J. 21. The family had an epitaph inscribed on the headstone: MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE. He rests with 1,848 other souls and with five other members of the 18th Battalion.


“Died of Wound” (Shrapnel Wound Head) at No. 22 Casualty Clearing Station.

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