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Leslie Francis BIRKIN

Regimental number6950
Place of birthNarrandera New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCoonong Siding, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Birkin, Fairview, Coonong, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Chuiges on 24 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 30 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919

Military Medal

'For bravery and devotion to duty during the advance near CHUIGNES on 24th August, 1918. Private BIRKIN was conspicuous by his coolness in firing his guns under intense hostile Machine Gun fire. At a time when the keeping of his gun in action was all important he carried on with marked courage and was largely instrumental in enabling the Infantry to proceed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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