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Leslie HAYES

Regimental number1416
Place of birthMelbourne Vic
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPrinter
Address...
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, George Edward Hayes, 66 Nightingale Street, Balaclava, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date14 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 14 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'Is brought to notice for great gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on our line near HEBUTERNE by the enemy on the morning of the 5th April, 1918. He is a runner and volunteered to take an urgent message from the support to the Front Line Company. Despite the heavy barrage that was being put down by the enemy at the time he succeeded in getting the message through in record time. Afterwards he acted as Guide to the Support Company when it was ordered to Close support. He is at all times cheerful and a fine example to his comrades, and is always willing to take messages to any part of the line regardless of fatigue and personal danger. He is recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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