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Leslie Record KERRIGAN

Regimental number2858
Place of birthWest Maitland New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPostal assistant
AddressKing Street, Lorn, West Maitland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Kerrigan, King Street, Lorn, West Maitland, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 November 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Conspicuous gallantry while in charge of signal station in re-establishing communications. (Polygon Wood 20 September 1917)'
Recommendation date: 26 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During the attack on POLYGON WOOD on 20th September, Sapper KERRIGAN displayed conspicuous gallantry. He was in charge of an Amplifier and Power Buzzer Station at advanced brigade forward station. He took his station over with the first wave and 6 minutes after the taking of the second objective had established communication with Cable Head. When the Cable Head was hit by a shell and several operators wounded he left his station and went over under heavy shell fire, reorganised the station and re-established communication.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Date of death20 October 1948

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