WHAT O’LEARY DID NEXT

History of War - - MICHAEL JOHN O’LEARY -

Af­ter re­turn­ing to Eng­land to help en­cour­age oth­ers to sign up, O’leary re­turned to ac­tion and served the rest of the war, much of it in the Balkans Cam­paign. Fol­low­ing Ger­many’s sur­ren­der, he re­turned to Canada where he worked in the po­lice force for sev­eral years. He re­turned to Bri­tain and, re­mark­ably for a man aged over 50, served in WWII as a cap­tain in the Mid­dle­sex reg­i­ment. Poor health forced him to re­turn from the front line but he still as­sisted the war ef­fort, tak­ing com­mand of a pris­oner of war camp in Eng­land. He died in 1961 and his fu­neral was at­tended by an hon­our guard from the Ir­ish Guards. His VC is dis­played at the Reg­i­men­tal Head­quar­ters of the Ir­ish Guards.

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