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Leonard Ignatius RZESZKOWSKI

Regimental number3037
Place of birthJamestown South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHairdresser
AddressBalaclava, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinSister, Miss O Rzeszkowski, Black Bull Hotel Hindley Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date10 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 14 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 29 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'This man was conspicuous amongst many brave men for his coolness and courage during the assault on the HINDENBUR Line near REINCOURT on the morning of the 11th April, 1917. After getting through the enemy's barbed wire entanglements, he helped other men also to get through at the risk of almost certain death from enemy Machine Gun fire which was pouring in from all directions. His fine example and bravery and devotion to duty under most trying circumstances is worthy of the highest commendation and went far towards keeping up the courage of many younger soldiers, for whom this was their first fight. He is recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

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