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Leslie St John ALLEN

ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSurvey draughtsman
AddressWynella Grove Street, Snails Bay, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, T Allen, Wynella Grove Street, Snails Bay, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 May 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name17th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

'Showed great dash and leadership of C Company when moving up to occupy Grevillers Trench. Also in leading patrols and in command on outpost lines, when he displayed great gallantry under fire.'
Recommendation date: 25 March 1917

Mention in Despatches

'For conspicuous bravery leading his men in the attack against the enemy near Anzac House.'
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 January 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on the Balmain Rowing Club Roll of Honour.

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his company in a most gallant manner, and throughout the operations set a magnificent example to his men. He led out a patrol and obtained valuable information.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

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

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