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Leslie William MATTHEWS

Date of birth11 February 1888
ReligionMethodist
OccupationStudent
Address203 Wendouree Parade, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs E E Matthews, 203 Wendouree Parade, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment dateNO ENTRY
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name23rd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Promotions

Major


Unit: 22nd Battalion
Promotion date: 26 August 1915

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated: 'London Gazette', 31 December 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette', 23 May 1919.
Recommendation date: "Undated"

FateReturned to Australia 1 April 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer commanded his battalion in an attack, previous to which he had reconnoitred the jumping off ground, and throughout all the arrangements and dispositions. During the attack he moved about under heavy fire, keeping in touch with the situation, directing and controlling the men, and by prompt action in altering dispositions, minimized the losses from shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: [1020] 2nd Lt John Hilbert MATTHEWS, 14th Bn, killed in action, 8 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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