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William LECK

Regimental number14585
Place of birthKendal England
ReligionChurch of England
Address151 Male Street, Brighton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinWife, Mrs G F B Leck, 'Tynebank', Allard Street, Brighton, Victoria
Enlistment date29 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 16
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Roisel on 16 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 29 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 31 May 1919

Military Medal

'On the morning of 16th September, 1918, near ROISEL these three men [3392 H.K. THORPE, LECK and 639 J.A. CARR] displayed great gallantry and devotion to duty in the face of an intense concentrated shoot on the battery by the enemy. One gun was hit and the pit and camouflage set alight. The ammunition betan to explode but these men dashed down to the gun and extinguished the fire by tearing down the burning camouflage. By their prompt action and bravery a gun with its sight and ammunition was saved from damage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 May 1972
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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