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Leonard GILLESPIE

Regimental number1668
Place of birthMiddle Brighton, Victoria
SchoolSandringham State School, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSalesman
AddressRichmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinR Gillespie, Vaucluse, Richmond, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 28 July 1917

Military Medal


Extremely valuable services and courage in repairing communications. (East of Ypres 20-23 September 1917).
Recommendation date: 28 September 1917

FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBroodseinde, Passchendaele, Belgium
Age at death20.3
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialPasschendaele New British Cemetery (Plot XIIi, Rwo C, Grave No. 4), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
43
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mrs GILLESPIE, Glenferrie House, Glenferrie, Victoria
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on September 20th, 1917 Lance Corporal GILLESPIE with Signaller DAY was attached to the Company Headquarters as Signaller. During the heavy bombardments of 20th and 21st, telephonic communications were constantly cut. This man stayed out along the line for hours at a time looking for and repairing the breaks, so rendering extremely valuable services.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsCousins: 2070 Pte Norman Joseph VEAL, 14th Bn, killed in action, 7 August 1915;
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli,Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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