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Leslie RUMP

Regimental number1490
Place of birthWilliamstown Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSawmiller
AddressLeongatha, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinUncle, J Rump, Leongatha, Victoria
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Brigade Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A27 Southern on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On night of 21/22-7-17 this N.C.O. was detailed to accompany 7 G.S. wagons proceeding to BORDER-LANE DUMP with R.E. material, the wagon could only reach a spot about 500 yards, West of this Dump owing to road being blocked by damaged Motor transport, the material was then dumped under heavy gun and H.E. barrage after which the mules were unhooked and wagons reversed. By his coolness and example he enabled many mules to be unhooked and wagons reversed thereby undounbtedly saving the lives of both men and animals. His action was witnessed by Lieutenant BIRD and Lieutenant LILBURNE.' Second description [of action after MM awarded] reads: 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at LEPEUPLIER near CAESTRE on the night of 28th/29th April, 1918. The enemy opened up a heavy shell fire on the 102nd Battery Wagon Lines. This N.C.O. showed great courage and devotion to duty in asisting to rescue two men from under a tree, which had fallen on four men, killing two. The further shelling set fire to a dump of ammunition which spread to the stables. He then transferred his attention to the extinguishing of the fire and afterwards to the release and withdrawal of the horses and other Government property. He showed great determination and courage throughout and was conspicuous amongst a gallant party of 12, organised by Captain DOHERTY.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

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