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Walter Leslie MENZIES

Regimental number6061
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
Other NamesMENZIES, Wlter Leslie
MENZIES, Wlter Leslie
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressNarrogin, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinWife, Mrs D M Menzies, East Narrogin, Western Australia
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 28 July 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialQuerrieu British Cemetery (Row D, Grave No. 4), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
80
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Grace MENZIES; husband of Dorcas M MENZIES, Narrogin, Western Australia. Native of Sydney, New South Wales
Medals

Military Medal

'Is brought to notice for his great gallantry and capable leadership near HEBUTERNE on the 29th March, 1918, when he led the bombers of his Platoon up an unexplored trench. He led the way with great daring and when the Platoon could proceed no further he went forward; crawling on his hands and knees, and bombed a small enemy post. He also gained most useful information. When his Platoon came back after the raid, he voluntarily stayed behind to bring in a wounded comrade, regardless of personal danger and of the probability of being cut off by the enemy. He is recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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