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Leslie Russell BLAKE

Regimental number7306
Place of birthHawthorn, Victoria
SchoolSouthport State School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGeological surveyor
Address'Roy Allan', Malvern Road, East Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinBrother, William Blake, 'Roy Allan', Malvern Road, East Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date26 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 5, Battery 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Artillery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

'Showed conspicuous and consistent gallantry, supplying excellent reports and obtaining valuable information. (Pozieres)'
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890, 2 January 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103, 29 June 1917.
Recommendation date: 2 October 1916

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularServed for 2.6 years as a geological surveyor on Sir Douglas Mawson's Antarctic expedition.
FateDied of wounds 3 October 1918
Place of death or woundingTincourt, France
Date of death3 October 1918
Age at death28
Place of burialTincourt New British Cemetery (Plot V, Row J, Grave No. 4), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas Henry and Maria Louisa BLAKE

Military Cross

'For conscicuous gallantry in action. He carried out reconnaissances under very heavy fire with great courage and determination obtaining most valuable information.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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