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Leslie KENEALY

Regimental number5400
Place of birthAlbert Park Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSalesman
Address227 York Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Mr D Kenealy, 227 York Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date16 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Rosieres on 9 Augusy 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallantry and distinguished service in the field during the attack near ROSIERES on 9th August 1918. After the company had gained its objective an officer and four men went forward to reconnoitre. When about 100 yards away the officer was badly wounded and though four attempts were made to bring this officer back to our lines they all failed. Private KENEALY volunteered to bring this officer in and though subject to heavy shell and machine gun fire succeeded in carrying the officer back to our lines and later back through another barrage to the aid post. His previous examples of similar exhibitions of bravery and disregard of personal danger have always been the characteristic conduct of this soldier.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 January 1970

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