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Leslie John LYNCH

Regimental number2808
Place of birthWellington New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressWellington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Marie Ellen Lych, Percie Street, Wellington, New South Wales
Previous military service9th ALH
Enlistment date18 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Bray on 22 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations near BRAY on 22nd August, 1918. When the attacking infantry were held up by heavy machine gun and artillery fire near their consolidating line in front of BRAY he went forward to within 100 yards of the village with his trench mortar effectively engaging the enemy trench mortar and machine guns which were causing severe casualties to our troops. When his ammunition was expended he together with [31127] Corporal FRASER returned for more ammunition. His initiative in bringing forward ammunition under heavy fire proved very helpful to the consolidating infantry in that his trench mortar was thereby able to subdue enemy machine guns and enabled the infantry to establish their line. He showed great courage and devotion to duty throughout the whole operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 November 1961
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis

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