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Maj Michael O'Leary
Birth: Sep. 29, 1890
Death: Aug. 1, 1961

British (Irish) Victoria Cross Recipient. The inscription reads: "In loving memory of our beloved father, Major Michael O'Leary, who died 1st. August 1961. R.I.P. In devoted memory of Gretta Margaret O'Leary, beloved wife of Major Michael O'Leary, who died 10th. May 1953. R.I.P." O'Leary was born in Inchigeela, in County Cork. During the First World War, he served in the First Battalion of the Irish Guards. The citation for his award reads: "For conspicuous bravery at Cuinchy (France), on the 1st. February 1915. When forming one of the storming party which advanced against the enemy's barricades, he rushed to the front and himself killed five Germans who were holding the first barricade, after which he attacked a second barricade, about sixty yards further on, which he captured after killing three of the enemy and making prisoners of two more. The Lance-Corporal thus practically took the enemy's position by himself, and prevented the rest of the attacking party from being fired upon." Later, O'Leary was promoted to the rank of Major. He died at the Whittington Hospital in Archway, North London, and his medal is kept at his Regiment's headquarters.  (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 
 
Burial:
Mill Hill Cemetery
Mill Hill
London Borough of Barnet
Greater London, England
Plot: G3
 
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Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Mar 07, 2004
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Maj Michael O'Leary
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Maj Michael O'Leary
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