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Stephen John LEONARD

Regimental number1028
Place of birthMulgrave Victoria
Other NamesJohn Stephen
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationProduce merchant
AddressCaulfield, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinMrs K Leonard, Carnegie, Victoria
Enlistment date24 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 4, Section A
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 29 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty whilst acting as Drivers of a Horsed Ambulance Wagon in the ZONNEBEKE area, east of YPRES on 21st October, 1917, especially under the following circumstances: At about 5 p.m. while an ammunition dump was on fire these Drivers [5446 O.E. COOK and 1028 S.J. LEONARD] hearing that there were several seriously wounded men awaiting carriage to Motor Wagon Post volunteered to bring the wounded men down despite the fat that the ammunition dump was very near the road. The journey was accomplished in safety. The prompt action of these Drivers no doubt saved the lives of the patients whose only chance was immediate surgical attention which could only be obtained at the A.D.S. YPRES.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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