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Leonard Herbert James BURDON

Regimental number1884
SchoolUnley High School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSign writer
AddressUnley, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinSister, Miss Florence E Burdon, Mary Street, Unley, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name46th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/63/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 April 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAwarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field, 3 April 1918. Died St Omer, France.
FateDied of disease 25 February 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Leonard Herbert Second entry first did not match
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialTerlincthun British Cemetery (Plot XIII, Row E, Grave No. 45), Wimille, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Herbert James and Florence BURDON

Military Medal

'For devotion to duty as a stretcher bearer during an enemy attack on our lines on April 3rd near ALBERT. During a heavy enemy bombardment prior to an attack Private BURDON did exceptional good work. His Company had sustained many casualties and he repeatedly carried the wounded to places of safety, climbing up and down a steep muddy embankment through artillery and Machine Gun fire until completely exhausted.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 680 Francis Roy BURDON, 23rd Bn, died at sea, 20 November 1915.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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