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Raymond Lionel LEANE

Date of birth12 July 1878
Place of birthProspect, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMerchant
Address243 Burt Street, Boulder, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinWife, Mrs E L Leane, 243 Burt Street, Boulder, Western Australia
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name11th Battalion, F Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollColonel
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Promotions

COL (Temporary BGEN)


Unit: Staff 12th Infantry Brigade
Promotion date: 1 June 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and supplemented, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29251, 5 August 1915; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133, 28 October 1915.
Recommendation date: 4 May 1915

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29455, 28 January 1916; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44, 6 April 1916.

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', fourth Supplement, No. 29664, 11 July 1916; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176, 30 November 1916.

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448, 28 December 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57, 18 April 1918.

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706, 25 May 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165, 24 October 1918.

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089, 31 December 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61, 23 May 1919.

Bar to DSO


Recommendation date: 14 June 1917

CMG


Recommendation date: 20 September 1917

Bar to DSO


Recommendation date: 16 October 1917

Commander of the Bath


Recommendation date: 30 January 1919

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Recommendation date: 10 October 1916

Croix de Guerre (France)


Also dated 27 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 September 1918

DSO


Recommendation date: 4 August 1915 (two entries)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No.31448, 11 July 1919; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124, 30 October 1919.
Recommendation date: New Year Gazette 1919

Brevet Lt Colonel


Recommendation date: 13 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 6 September 1919
Medals

Military Cross


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44
Date: 6 April 1916

Distinguished Service Order


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 21 September 1916

Bar to Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in commanding his battalion in an attack, when he was suffering severely from neuritis. After his battalion had been forced to retire owing to a counter attack on the flank, he collected stragglers and parties of men who were retiring past their original line and sent them forward again. Though badly wounded, he remained at his post utill the enemy were checked and the defence was assured.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Croix de Guerre (France)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

CB


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

CMG


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57
Date: 18 April 1918

Family/military connectionsBrothers: [3] Major Benjamin Bennett LEANE, 48th Bn, killed in action, 10 April 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George, 1914-15 Star, Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Appointed Chief Commissioner of Police, South Australia, 1920.

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