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Allan David LEIGHTON

Regimental number6590
Place of birthYelma, New South Wales
SchoolGinghi Provisional School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressYelma, Rylstone, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, D Leighton, Rylstone, New South Wales
Enlistment date26 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 15 July 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 23 July 1918

FateDied of wounds 11 July 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death22.10
Place of burialBorre British Cemetery (Plot II, Row C, Grave No. 31), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Emily LEIGHTON, Yelma, via Rylstone, New South Wales

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'He was reconnoitring the enemy's position with a patrol and attacked an enemy post, which he captured, taking seven prisoners and killing two of the garrison. Later, he was severely wounded leading a party against an enemy machine gun position. The courage and dash of this N.C.O. were conspicuous and he led his men with great determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2201 Pte Osmond John LEIGHTON, 6th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 16 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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