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Henry William LEBNER

Regimental number1640
Place of birthWalcha Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressCorryong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Caroline Lebner, Corryong, Victoria
Enlistment date4 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 7 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty East of RONSSOY on 29th September 1918. Owing to his O.C. becoming a casualty, he acted as Platoon commander and with splendid initiative, led his Platoon forward under intense machine gun and shell fire. It was largely due to his skill that his Company was enabled to advance without suffering the heavy casualties which appeared to be inevitable. His coolness and courage throughout the action were of the highest order and had a most beneficial effect on the morale of the men of his Company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1639 Corporal Charles Godfried LEBNER, 37th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 December 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 June 1979
Age at death89
Place of burialCorryong Lawn Cemetery, Victoria

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