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Leonard CHIPPINDALL

Regimental number18439
Place of birthMolong New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
AddressPerkins Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, H H Chippindall, Perkins Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
Previous military service39th Field Company Army Engineers
Enlistment date12 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 7, Battery 25
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 9th April, near MERICOURT, west of ALBERT the 25th Battery was in the area subjected to a very heavy area shoot, during which a small barn containing ammunition and material, and in which 4 men were sleeping, was hit direct by a 5.9 shell and set on fire. one man was killed, another wounded, and the remainder completely dazed. Gunner GHIPPINDALL rushed to the burning shed, and succeeded in clearing the men from the debris. He then managed to put out the fire, thereby saving a considerable quantity of ammunition and material. During the whole time, shells were falling fast, and this gunner displayed great courage and coolness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 18437 Bombardier Herbert CHIPPINDALL MM, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 29 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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