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Private John William CLEARY, G/5039, 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed on or after, 18th April 1915.

Born Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.


1911 Census - 5 Brook Street, Oswaldtwistle - Ann Cleary, head, age 65, widow, married 47 years, 12 children, 9 still alive, housekeeper at home, born Tipperary, Ireland; John Cleary, son, age 27, single, labourer printworks, Calica Printing, born Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire; Timothy Cleary, son, age 23, single, labourer printworks, Calica Printing, born Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire; John William Cleary, son, age 20, single, labourer chemical works, born Burnley, Lancashire.


14th September 1912, Emmanuel Church, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, married Annie Catlow, spinster.

Children - Thomas Cleary, born 3rd November 1913, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire; Annie Cleary, born 16th April 1915, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, died 1st May 1915, 14 days old, congenital debility, Annie Cleary, mother, present at death.

Previously served 4 years Royal Field Artillery, (Territorial).

Enlisted Accrington, Lancashire, age 23 years & 6 months, height 5ft 5½ inches, weight 139lbs. Resided 8 Shea Street, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire. Formerly labourer chemical works.

18th December 1914, enlisted; 19th December 1914, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st January 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 17th February 1915, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th February 1915, 5 Infantry Base Depot, Etaples; 26th February 1915, joined Battalion in the Field, 18th April 1915, posted missing.

13th April 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Annie Cleary, 11 Brook Street, Oswaldtwistle; Child, Thomas Cleary, born 3rd November 1913; Father, dead; Mother, Norah Jackson, age 49, 1 Victoria Street, Oswaldtwistle; Half Brother - Albert Jackson, age 22,  1 Victoria Street, Oswaldtwistle; Half Sister - Nellie Jackson, age 21,  1 Victoria Street, Oswaldtwistle; Grandmother, Annie Cleary, age 74, 1 Victoria Street, Oswaldtwistle.

Commemorated at  Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 45 & 47, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


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