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Leslie JOHNSTON

Regimental number1705
Place of birthEltham Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressRosemont, Kangaroo Grounds, Eltham, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Alexander Johnston, Rosemont, Kangaroo Grounds, Eltham, Victoria
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On 29th September near BELLICOURT when his company came under heavy Machine Gun fire from an enemy strong post he displayed the greatest courage and initiative in dealing with the situation. He led a party of bombers and Lewis Gunners and by skilful leadership worked his party round the post and drove off the enemy-inflicting severe casualties and capturing two Machine guns. by his boldness and initiative at a critical period he secured the flank of the Battalion and enabled the advance to continue.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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