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Leo Robert FENDLEY

Regimental number4078
Place of birthBairnsdale, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor car painter
Address6 Rippon Grove, Elsternwick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs J Fendley, 6 Rippon Grove, Elsternwick, Victoria
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Orontes on 24 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his officer and sergeant had become casualties he took command of his section, and brought his guns into action to great advantage under heavy fire. When both his guns were buried by a shell he dug them out at great personal risk, and then brought two captured machine guns into action. He displayed great initiative and courage, and set a fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 3541 Pte George Edward FENDLEY, Australian Flying Corps, returned to Australia, 1 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as FINDLEY.

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