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Leslie Albert COOK

Regimental number2388
Place of birthYarrah Glen, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCoachsmith
AddressCroydon, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Charles Cook, Croydon, Victoria
Enlistment date3 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a runner. During operations on the night of 3rd/4th July 1918 East of VILLE-sur-ANCRE, South West of ALBERT, Private COOK was sent from he platoon in support to get into touch with the left flank of the left company, who were hard pressed. he moved through a very heavy enemy barrage. he was held up by a sniper, but rushed the post and killed him. He delivered his message, after being wounded, and carried back an important message to his Platoon Commander in the rear. His conduct set a fine example to the men of his platoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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