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Herbert John LEESON

Regimental number11865
Place of birthFoster Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCordial maker
AddressAlberton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Leeson, Alberton, Victoria
Enlistment date28 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Ammunition Column
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work on 29 October 1917 near Zonnebeke.'
Recommendation date: 31 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On 29th October, 1917, whilst delivering ammunition to Batteries in the vicinity of ZONNEBEKE (east of YPRES) the party was heavily shelled. Notwithstanding, Driver LEESON, at great personal risk, succeeded in getting his team through the barrage and delivered the urgently required ammunition safely to its destination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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