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Charles Stuart LECKY

Date of birth20 August 1889
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
Other NamesDSO
SchoolRosetta College, Belfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRio Vesta, Mary Street, Longueville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss K Lesky, Rio Vesta, Mary Street, Longueville, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 February 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name2nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

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


Recommendation date: 18 May 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularJoined the Bank of New South Wales, Head Office, 12 October 1910.
FateReturned to Australia 10 September 1917

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and resource during an attack when in charge of the front line held by his battalion. Despite the heavy barrage and artillery bombardment, he handled the situation with great skill and courage, and his fine example greatly contributed to the steadiness of all ranks. Although wounded, he refused to leave the line until the attack had been repulsed and the position secured.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Gallipoli, 17 June 1915, as supernumerary; absorbed for permanent duty, 4 August 1915.

Promoted Lieutenant, 17 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 28 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, 16 February 1916.

Appointed Captain, 29 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Admitted to Field Ambulance, 22 July 1916; transferred to Officers' Rest House, 22 July 1916 (debility); discharged to duty, 26 July 1916.

Promoted Major, 17 April 1917.

Wounded in action, 15 May 1917 (gun shot wound, left leg and right arm), and admitted to 8th Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station and then to 29th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 16 May 1917, and admitted to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 17 May 1917. Transferred to England, 19 May 1917, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 19 May 1917; transferred to 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill, 23 June 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 6 September 1917.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ulysses', 10 September 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 13 November 1917, for overland travel to Sydney; appointment terminated, 13 May 1918.

Re-enlisted, 7 October 1918, and re-embarked, 14 October 1918, from Sydney on board SS 'Wyreema' as Major, 22nd New South Wales Reinforcements.

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Sources'Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour' (Sydney, 1921), pp. 227-8.

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