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John LEIGHTON

Regimental number604
Place of birthCarcoar New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinCousin, Anber Gordon, Trangie, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 8 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For bravery and devotion to duty. On the 4th July, 1918, during the attack on HAMEL, Corporal LEIGHTON showed exemplary courage and devotion to duty while in charge of his Signal Section. Under heavy enemy fire he pushed forward with the leading wave, and was successful in immediately establishing communication with Battalion Headquarters. Throughout the whole operation in spite of heavy enemy shell fire, he succeeded in keeping his lines intact and, although wounded, he refused to leave until his Unit was relieved on the second day of the operation. By his conduct during the whole operation he set a splendid example to the other members of this Section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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