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John McLEAY

Regimental number4748
Place of birthPort Clinton South Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationTraveller
Address42 Cremorne Street, Unley, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret McLeay, Cremorne Street, Unley, South Australia
Enlistment date13 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAustralian General Hospital 3, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/67/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 15 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Ambulance
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 24th April 1918, North of CACHY near VILLERS BRETONNEUX, Private McLEAY was with a squad of Bearers with the 52nd Australian Infantry Battalion. In the confusion of the sudden move and attack the R.M.O. lost touch with the bearers, Private McLEAY on his own initiative, got in touch with the Regimental bearers on one hand and with the line of evacuation through the R.AP. of the 51st Australian Infantry Battalion on the other. It was owing to his coolness and judgment that the casualties were cleared from the Battalion from the beginning of the operation. There was considerable shell fire and direct Machine gun fire at the time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

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