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Hugh Argyle LEITCH

Regimental number507
Date of birth1883
Place of birthBridge Hotel, Echuca, Victoria
SchoolEssendon Grammar School; University of Melbourne (night lectures in the Faculty of Engineering)
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWell borer
Address99 Eglinton Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 7.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Maud Leitch, 10 Isabella Street, Malvern, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 December 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 November 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 10, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/15/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 19 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Returned to Australia per SS 'Devon', December 1919
Discharge date4 January 1920
Family/military connectionsCousins: 38362 Driver John Stanley LEITCH, 14th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 8 July 1919; 4165 Pte Peter LEITCH, 25th Bn, killed in action, 14 November 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 19 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 25 April 1917. Marched in to No 3 Camp, Parkhouse, 26 April 1917. Marched out to Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 5 May 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 26 June 1917; taken on strength, 13th Machine Gun Company, 2 October 1917.

Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 12 March 1918 (trench feet); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 12 March 1918; rejoined unit, 18 March 1918.

Unit designation changed to 4th Machine Gun Bn, 1 April 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 23 August 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 10 September 1918. On leave to Brussels, 9 January 1919; rejoined unit, 20 January 1919. On leave to Paris, 26 March 1919; rejoined unit, 16 April 1919.

Granted leave from 16 June to 16 September 1919 with pay and subsistence, and fees of 3 pounds, to attending Apex School of Motoring, 586 Cromwell Road, Glasgow.

Commenced return to Australia from Southampton on board SS 'Devon', 8 October 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 27 November 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 4 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1974
Place of burialPatho Cemetery, Victoria
Sources'A Family of Farmers: A History of the Leitch Family 1836-1989', chapter 7

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