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Leonard Pitt ARDILL

Regimental number4732
Place of birthMinto New South Wales
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressJondaryan via Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, J Ardill, Rockdale, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 28 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For gallantry at Hebuterne on 27 March 1918.
Recommendation date: 12 May 1918

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'Is recommended for great gallantry and leadership in action near HAMEL WOOD, east of CORBIE, on 4th July, 1918. This N.C.O. set an excellent example of coolness and dash throughout the operation and handled his Section magnificently. When the final objective was reached he displayed great initiative in consolidating the position under heavy enemy machine gun fire. As soon as the Section had established their post he led them forward to silence an enemy post which had been established about a hundred yards to their front. By his skilful leadership, he got his party in behind the post and then attacked it from the rear, bringing back two machine guns and five prisoners without losing a man. He set an excellent example of determination and fearlessness throughout and greatly inspired his comrades. I cannot recommend him too highly. He was awarded the Military Medal on the 27th March, 1916, for gallantry at HEBUTERNE.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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