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Leslie Watson Saunderson SEABORN

Place of birthYoung New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSolicitor
AddressWoollahra, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ethel Ruby Seaborn, 'Trebartha', Rosemont Avenue, Woollahra, New South Wales
Previous military service36th Infantry
Enlistment date25 May 1917
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant (Honorary Lieutenant)
Unit name19th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on 16 July 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Leslie Watson
Medals

Military Cross

'During the attack on Mont. St. Quentin, near Peronne, on 31st August, 1918, this officer, after reaching the objective suddenly found his position surrounded by the enemy. In a few minutes nearly all his men became casualties, but with only six men and a Lewis gun left he gallantly attacked, and by sheer gallantry and determination he drove the enemy off, inflicting severe casualties on them and clearing the situation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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