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Geoffrey Heydon LESLIE

Regimental number148
Date of birth--/08/1894; secondary dob: 05/12/1895
Place of birthLeichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolTomerong Public School and Ashfield/Burwood School.
ReligionChurch of England
Address15 Robert Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinA L Leslie, Jervis Bay, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF3
Promotion date: 5 August 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

'(Hermies 13 April 1917) Splendid example to men by fine leadership and courage under fire.'
Recommendation date: 23 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon in the most gallant manner, and succeeded in establishing an advanced post, in spite of being subjected to very heavy hostile fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. Served at Gallipoli and France. Wounded at Polygon Wood where he lost his right eye. He later joined the Australian Flying Corps until the end of the war as Adjutant No. 5 Sqdn. Minchinhampton, England. Worked for the New South Wales Railway Department, York Street, Sydney.

Date of death12 September 1989
Place of burialAllambie Gardens Crematorium, Gold Coast, Queensland

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