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Leslie William ELLIOTT

Date of birth22 December 1891
SchoolScotch College, Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationAerated water manufacturer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 6"
Weight173 lbs
Next of kinFather, H C Elliott, 47 Rathdown Street, Carlton, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Scotch College Cadets.
Enlistment date10 November 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name5th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross (altered to Companion of the Distinguished Service Order)

Recommendation date: 30 April 1918

Mention in Despatches

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

FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His company was detailed to from the right flank and get in touch with the brigade. This was an enterprise of great importance and danger, and he was exposed to attack on three sides during the movement. Although slightly wounded early in the operation, he led his company with great dash and gallantry, and consolidated and held his position. Next day he successfully led part of his company against enemy positions, and at night linked up with the brigade. By his courage and initiative he successfully accomplished his difficult task.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date27 September 1919
Family/military connectionsUncles: 5326 Pte Clive Lamont ELLIOTT, 21st Bn, returned to Australia, 30 January 1918; 5494 Pte Stanley Cockburn ELLIOTT, 21st Bn, died of wounds, 30 December 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 10 June 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Melbourne, 27 September 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsReligion incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Church of England.
Date of death28 May 1939
Age at death47
SourcesNAA: B2455, ELLIOTT Leslie William

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