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Leonard Cariston SETON

Regimental number1638
Place of birthWellingrove N/A
ReligionCatholic Apostolic
OccupationStation overseer
AddressRewenzori, Glen Innes, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eleanor Seton, Rewenzori, Glen Innes, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT RMS Moldavia on 2 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollComissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Division Artillery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when the battery was heavily shelled, and one gun pit was set alight. Hearing cries, he rushed into the burning pit, knowing it contained a large number of charges and shells, rescued the corporal who was wounded in both legs, and also took to safety one man who was on fire. This officer, with two men, remained until they had extinguished the fire, and then returned to the wounded man.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as F.O.O. during operations on 29th September 1918, near Bellicourt. He, finding infantry to his front held up by an enemy machine gun est, organized a party, and with a captured enemy machine gun dashed across the open and outflanked the garrison, and, firing the gun himself, enabled the post to be captured, being wounded in three places. His fine courage and determination enabled the infantry to continue their advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

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

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