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Wilfred Cheary (1896–1916)

Mrs. Sendy, of Shipster's-road, Kensington Park, has been notified that her son, Private Wilfred Cheary, aged 20, was killed in action in France on August 14. He was born at Ethel-street, Forestville. His father, Mr. P. A. Cheary, was apprenticed at "The Advertiser" Office, where he was employed as a compositor until his death. The deceased soldier went with his parents to Western Australia, and after leaving school obtained a position on the clerical staff of the Railways Engineer's branch of the Western Australian railways, from which he enlisted. He was a military enthusiast, being a sergeant in the Senior Cadets, and was also of a journalistic turn of mind. At the age of 16, with the sanction of the Military Commandant, he issued a paper called the "Young Guard," for distribution amongst the cadets of Western Australia. He was a favorite with his officers and was popular among his chums.

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'Cheary, Wilfred (1896–1916)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


10 June, 1896
Goodwood, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


14 August, 1916 (aged 20)

Cause of Death

killed in action

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

Military Service