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Leonard Maurice BOLIN

Regimental number2989
Place of birthMarrickville New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFitter's assistant
Address'Sefton', Forest Road, Arncliffe, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, S H Bolin, 'Sefton,' Forest Road, Arncliffe, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "1-2 September 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919

Military Medal

'On 1st September 1918 during the attack on PERONNE he quickly established signal communication with advanced Battalion Headquarters and succeeded in maintaining same throughout the operation. owing to the exceptionally heavy shell fire the lines were frequently cut and on each occasion he went forward through an intense barrage and effected the necessary repairs. In addition to this he carried out his duties as Signaller at Advanced Battalion Headquarters in a most efficient manner despite the fact that he was suffering from the effects of sneezing gas. His tireless energy, gallantry and devotion to duty were remarkable. On 2nd September 1918 during the second attack he again maintained communication and on two occasions passed through exceptionally heavy shell and Machine Gun barrages to re-establish connection. I cannot speak too highly of this N.C.O.'s courage and devotion to duty, and his soldierly qualities, and I strongly recommend him for the Military Medal.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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