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Leslie Howard FINISS

Regimental number7556
Other NamesFINNISS
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressLancefield, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Dr. J.H.S. Finiss, Lancefield, Victoria
Enlistment date20 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Divisional Signal Company, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/12/2
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 28 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty Sapper FINNISS was acting as linesman on 11th August 1918 near HARBONNIERES when an enemy shell hit the signal office causisng eight casualties to the Signal Office Staff. Communication was of the utmost importance as the attack had just commenced. He assisted an N.C.O. to restore communication, working under an enemy barrage repairing and testing lines. He showed great courage and exceptional ability in carrying out his work, thus enabling communication to be established without loss of time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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