|Albert Neil Cleary|
16 June 1919|
|Died||20 March 1945
|Buried at||Labuan War Cemetery|
|Service/branch||Second Australian Imperial Force|
|Years of service||1941–1945|
|Unit||2/15th Field Regiment|
|Awards||Commendation for Gallantry|
Albert Neil Cleary (16 June 1919 – 20 March 1945) was an Australian soldier during World War II. Part of the 2/15th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, he became a prisoner of war to the Japanese following the Battle of Singapore. He died following an escape attempt in 1945. In 2001, the Australian Labor Party introduced a bill to have Cleary and two others awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, however this was defeated by the Federal Liberal Government. In 2011, Cleary was awarded a posthumous Commendation for Gallantry. Cleary's death was revealed by historian Lynette Silver to have been caused by dysentery, calling into doubt his elevation as a war hero.
- "Cleary, Albert Neil". World War II Nominal Roll. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
- Sidebottom, Sid, MP (4 June 2001). "First Reading Speech of the Defence Act Amendment" (PDF). Victoria Cross Bill 2001. House of Representatives - Commonwealth of Australia. pp. 1–3. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
- Commendation for Gallantry, Commonwealth of Australia Gazette S143, 28 September 2011.
- "VC award would be based on lies, military historian warns". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 March 2012.