Richard James GLEESON

Birthplace
Brisbane
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Surveyor
Enlisted
23-February-1915
Place
Liverpool NSW
Age
35
Status
Single
Service No
1846
Rank
Private
Unit
1st Battalion, 4th Reinforcements
Embarked
10-April-1915
Place
Sydney
Active Service
Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Highest rank
N/A
Honours and Awards
No
Fate
How Died
Tuberculosis
Date
5-March-1919
Place
Toowoomba
Cemetery or Memorial
Toowoomba & Drayton General Cemetery
Notes

Brother-in-law of 2417 Private John Florence Daly.

 

Richard Gleeson served at Gallipoli from May to December 1915. He arrived in France in March 1916 with the 1st Machine Gun Company. In July he was wounded in his right arm and admitted to Bristol’s Beaufort War Hospital. He had returned to duty while in England when he was diagnosed with tuberculosis in January 1917. He returned to Australia in March. He died on 5 March 1919 at his mother’s home in Toowoomba and was buried at Toowoomba General Cemetery. Newspaper reports stated “He had been gassed on two occasions.” Although he had been wounded he was never gassed.

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