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Leslie Oliver DOUGLAS

Regimental number530
Place of birthGunnedah New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPlumber
AddressBloomfield Street, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinW. Douglas, Same address
Enlistment date26 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'During the whole of this period Corporal DOUGLAS has set a fine example of fearlessness and bravery to his section, and has displayed great devotion to duty. On the 9th May, whilst working in the front line near VILLERS BRETONNEUX, his platoon came under very heavy gas shelling and suffered very heavy casualties. Corporal DOUGLAS displayed great initiative and coolness by going round his, and other sections, evacuating badly gassed cases and removing the men from the gassed area. Again, on the 1st July, whilst his platoon were engaged in digging a sap near MORLANCOURT, his section came under very heavy shell fire, and again suffered casualties. This N.C.O. showed great bravery and devotion to duty, and total disregard of shell fire. He succeeded in getting the remainder of his section to a place of safety, thus saving further casualties. His fine example was of material assistance in enabling the task to be completed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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