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Riccardo LECCHI

Regimental number31083
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCashier
AddressRodburough Road, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinFather, G Lecchi, Rodburough Road, North Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Reinforcement 23
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Orontes on 19 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 6 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In the vicinity of VILLERS BRETONNEUX on the 2nd June, 1918, while the forward Section of his Battery was being heavily bombarded, Gunner LECCHI behaved in a very gallant manner in leaving a place of comparative safety to extinguish a fire which had extended from an adjoining gun pit that had been demolished and threatened to envelope the remaining gun and ammunition. This action undoubtedly saved considerable damage to material and set a splendid example to his fellow comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 17846 Pte Esmond Edward LECCHI, 1st Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 29 April 1919; First cousins: 4169 Pte Henry John MAHONY, 19th Bn, killed in action, 14 November 1916; 4422 Pte Norman Francis MAHONY, 4th Division Sanitation Section, returned to Australia, 5 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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