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James Joseph LEYDEN

Regimental number28323
Place of birthPort Melbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationRubber worker
Address217 Rouse Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, D Leyden, 217 Rouse Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date31 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/32/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Villers-Bretonneux on 7 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 21 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'On the 7th August 1918, an enemy shell caused an explosion in a number of Tanks parked near VILLERS BRETONNEUX. The tanks were loaded with bombs, gun cotton, S.A.A., Trench Mortars, etc., but at grave personal risk while exposed to heavy enemy shell fire and violent explosions, No. 3812 gunner W.L. ATKINSON and No. 28323 Gunner J.J. LEYDEN assisted the Tank Corps Officer to save the tanks. By their courageous actions they set a fine example and rendered invaluable assistance in saving a number of tanks from certain destruction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death16 September 1977

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