Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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02/03/2020 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.
02/03/2020 Sergeant Francis McAleer D.C.M. is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial.
02/03/2020 Sergeant Francis McAleer D.C.M. is buried in Medjez-el-bab War Cemetery in Tunisia.
02/03/2020 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.
02/03/2020 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.
02/03/2020 Sergeant Frank McAleer was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.).
02/03/2020 Frank McAleer was the husband of Grace McAleer.
02/03/2020 Known family: Francis McAleer, Elizabeth McAleer, Francis McAleer (born 19th June 1911), Mary McAleer (born 24th August 1912), Patrick McAleer (born 16th July 1914).
02/03/2020 Francis McAleer was born on 19th June 1911. He was the eldest of at least three children, all born in the Dungannon area.
02/03/2020 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.
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