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Regimental number4
Date of birth25 December 1891
Place of birthLilydale, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank Clerk
Addressc/o Mrs Garland, 134 Rathdown Street, Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs May Bolitho, c/o Mrs Garland, 134 Rathdown Street, Carlton, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in Light Horse, Citizen's Military Force
Enlistment date10 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 March 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name29th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 29th Battalion
Promotion date: 16 December 1916


Unit: 29th Battalion
Promotion date: 2 April 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He did excellent work throughout and when the position was somewhat obscure he made a reconnaissance of the line under heavy machine gun fire, and obtained information which was of great assistance to his commanding officer. When the latter was wounded, he commanded the battalion most successfully until relieved.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date30 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 29th Bn, 31 October 1915; 32nd Bn, 30 October 1918.

Wounded in action, 13 October 1917.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOLITHO Leslie

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