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Leo James HARTY

Regimental number449
Place of birthCarlton, Victoria
SchoolSt Monicas (Catholic) School, Essendon, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address18 Normanby Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinJames Harty, 18 Normanby Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 29 June 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialBerks Cemetery Extension (Row B, Grave No. 7), Ploegsteert, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
50
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Mr J.C. and Mrs Caroline HARTY.
Medals

Military Medal

'Sergeant Harty, during the period 13th May, 1916 to 28th May, 1916, when 7th Battalion was on duty in the firing line, was in charge of a support platoon to B Company, 7th Battalion. This platoon was distributed immediately in rear of a wall known as CONVENT WALL. The wall was severely bombarded by the enemy. On a number of occasions between the above dates, Sergeant Harty displayed skill and judgment in handling his men during the bombardments, particularly on the 27th May, 1916 when his section of the wall was severely bombarded with high explosive shells. Had it not been for Sergeant Harty's coolness, his platoon must inevitably have suffered severe losses. He controlled and directed his men with judgment and they were able to obtain secure cover without any serious casualties. These casualties were caused by the first shell. When on GALLIPOLI, Sergeant Harty on several occasions in the trenches, particularly at LONE PINE, on 8th/9th August, 1915, displayed conspicuous bravery.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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