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William Alfred LEAVER

Regimental number467
Date of birth--/09/1895
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTeacher
Address62 Cargill Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mabel Leaver, 62 Cargill Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Enlistment date8 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
Two ships sailed from Fremantle carrying men from the 28th Battalion Headquarters, and Companies A, B, C and D. From embarkation records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship each man sailed on. They are: 30 officers and 982 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A11, 'Ascanius', on 29 June 1915 and 12 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A36, 'Thirty-Six, on 12 July 1916.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Two ships sailed from Fremantle carrying men from the 28th Battalion Headquarters, and Companies A, B, C and D. From embarkation records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship each man sailed on. They are: 30 officers and 982 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A11, 'Ascanius', on 29 June 1915 and 12 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A36, 'Thirty-Six, on 12 July 1916.
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF28
Promotion date: 27 December 1916

Lieutenant


Unit: INF28
Promotion date: 27 May 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Displayed great courage and endurance during attack N. of Flers.'
Recommendation date: 11 November 1916

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 11 March 1917

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on German position, north of FLERS, on morning of 5th November, 1916, displayed great courage and endurance, both during and after the action. He displayed utter disregard for personal safety, going out after two enemy snipers, who were causing casualties amongst our men, and accounted for them. This was done under heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He organized a bombing attack at a critical time and succeeded in gaining a lot of the enemy's trench. He set a fine example to his men. He was subsequently wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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