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John Norman LEECH

Regimental number5061
Place of birthRutherglen, Victoria
SchoolConvent School, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address43 Regent Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, B Leech, Gilgandra, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Rainecourt on 9 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 14 August 1918

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 September 1918

FateKilled in Action 3 October 1918
Place of death or woundingMontbrehain, France
Age at death25
Place of burialProspect Hill Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave No. 20), Gouy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Benjamin and Mary LEECH, 40 Elizabeth Street, Redfern, New South Wales. Native of Rutherglen, Victoria

Military Medal

'In the advance on 9th August 1918 near RAINECOURT east of AMIENS, for conspicuous gallantry in taking his Lewis gun forward under very heavy machine gun and artillery fire after the rest of his crew had become casualties and preventing the enemy from carrying out a flanking movement. This N.C.O. showed absolute disregard of danger throughout the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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