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Frederick Ernest LEACH

Regimental number2575
Place of birthDunalley Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
Address'Gracedale', Oakwood Street, Brighton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Richard Leach, Oakwood Street, Brighton, Victoria
Enlistment date17 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name59th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/76/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 25 March 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Altered to Military Medal.
Recommendation date: 30 September 1917

FateKilled in Action 30 November 1917
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialCabin Hill Cemetery (Row C, Grave No. 13), Wytschaete, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
168
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Margaret LEACH, Oakwood Avenue, Brighton, Victoria
Medals

Military Medal

'Near BEAUMETZ on 24th March, 1917, Private LEACH displayed conspicuous bravery and coolness. During an attack made on the enemy position on the above date, Private LEACH, a Lewis Gunner of the 59th Battalion, pushed his gun forward under heavy shell fire, and established himself just in rear of the shell crater strongly held by the enemy. Although shells were landing practically everywhere except on the gun, Private LEACH continued to pour incessant fire on the crater. As the enemy retired along the SUNKEN ROAD he inflicted heavy casualties on them. His personal example of bravery and coolness was instrumental in enabling the crater to be occupied with few casualties and the fire he brought to bear afforded excellent covering for the waves that subsequently followed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

MM Bar


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 33
Date: 1 April 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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