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Leo Carden MEAGHER

Regimental number8088
Place of birthBendigo Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBarrister-at-Law, Selborne Chambers, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, John Sheehy Meagher, Barrister-at-Law, Selborne Chambers, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date8 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 16
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919

Military Cross

'On 8th October, 1918, at Montbrehain, he commanded a mobile section sent forward in support of the exploiting infantry. He took his section forward with great ability and determination, himself proceeding to the advanced infantry posts, and personally ascertaining the situation and observing with an entire disregard for hostile fire. he eventually succeeded in emplacing his guns and establishing an observation post, from where he was subsequently pushed out by rifle and machine gun fire. He then succeeded in establishing other observation posts near our front line, from where he brought most successful fire to bear on the enemy, causing numerous casualties and forcing them to evacuate an occupied trench.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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