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6976983   Sergeant Frank McAleer D.C.M.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/03/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 19/06/1911
Died: 08/05/1943 (Died by accident)
Age: 31
Summary      
Francis McAleer was the eldest son of Frank and Elizabeth McAleer. He was born on 19th June 1911. He was the eldest of at least three children, all born in the Dungannon area. Frank McAleer was the husband of Grace McAleer. Sergeant Frank McAleer was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). Sergeant Francis McAleer D.C.M. was serving with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died on 8th May 1943, age 31. It is believed he was killed by a truck in an accident.
Further Information
Francis McAleer was the eldest son of Frank and Elizabeth McAleer. Francis McAleer and Elizabeth Cassidy were married on 4th May 1911 in the district of Dungannon.
Francis McAleer was born on 19th June 1911. He was the eldest of at least three children, all born in the Dungannon area.
Known family: Francis McAleer, Elizabeth McAleer, Francis McAleer (born 19th June 1911), Mary McAleer (born 24th August 1912), Patrick McAleer (born 16th July 1914).
Frank McAleer was the husband of Grace McAleer.
Sergeant Frank McAleer was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.).
During the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers operations in the Goubellat plain on the morning of 24th January 1943, he unilaterally and single-handedly went out from his position south of Hill 286 in revenge for the loss of a patrol the previous night. His military mission was information, but his own object was to obtain revenge for the loss of a patrol on night 23/24 February. He spotted machine gun post, went to the flank of it, surprised the crew of two, collected the gun and disabled the two prisoners. The information obtained was later used and caused about 30 casualties to the enemy. Sergeant McAleer was awarded a D.C.M. for this action.
Frank McAleer - action for which commended DCM
Frank McAleer - action for which commended DCM
Sergeant Francis McAleer D.C.M. was serving with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died on 8th May 1943, age 31. It is believed he was killed by a truck in an accident.
Frank McAleer - details of death
Sergeant Francis McAleer D.C.M. is buried in Medjez-el-bab War Cemetery in Tunisia.
Frank McAleer gravestone
Sergeant Francis McAleer D.C.M. is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial.
The CWGC record Sergeant Francis McAleer D.C.M. as the son of Frank and Elizabeth McAleer. He is also recorded as the husband of Grace McAleer of Aldershot, Hampshire.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Dungannon area Dungannon Central Lived in Dungannon area 54.505535 -6.767010
References and Links
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1 Forum discussion (WW2 Talk) Details of Sergeant Frank McAleer
2 Irish Brigade -6 Innisks War Diary 6th Inniskillings War Diary from February 1943
3 National Archives UK Official details of Gallantry Award
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sergeant Frank McAleer's gravestone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2020