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Regimental number501
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
Address467 Argent Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20.11
Height5' 6.25"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinFather, Walter Samuel Broster, 467 Argent Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in Senior Cadets, Kadina; transferred to 81st Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date7 September 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit nameNo 1 Mining Corps
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Tunnelling Company
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry in the Field and devotion to duty. Bridge No. 60 at LA MOTTE, East of AMIENS on the night of 6th/7th May, 1918 was struck by a shell. This bridge was charged for demolition. Ten charges and the electric leads were set alight, one charge exploded and Corporal BROSTER with three other N.C.Os., regardless of all danger, extinguished the burning charges and leads. This action undoubtedly saved the bridge.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suevic', 23 November 1919; disembarked, Adelaide, 7 September 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 31 October 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 October 1981
Age at death86
Place of burialBarmera Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROSTER Leslie

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