Victor Leslie LANCASTER DCM

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LANCASTER, Victor Leslie

Service Number: 2085
Enlisted: 11 September 1915, Newcastle, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, 1896
Home Town: Camperdown, Inner West, New South Wales
Schooling: Wedderburn State School
Occupation: Dairy hand
Died: Died of wounds, France, 23 June 1918
Cemetery: Vignacourt British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2085, Newcastle, New South Wales
16 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2085, 30th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2085, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Sydney
22 Jun 1918: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front", At Morlancourt
23 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2085, 30th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"The Heroism of Lance-Corp. Lancaster.

Lance-Corporal Lancaster was in charge of a Lewis gun during a raid on the enemy lines and did splendid work in the face of galling fire. A bomb burst in his face, blowing away the lower portion; but, although he was unable to speak, he stuck to his gun and covered the return of the raiders. When loss of blood compelled Lancaster to retire, he handed the gun to his No. 2, but refused to allow any of his team to assist him to return to our lines. Lt.-Col. Clark, commanding the 30th Battalion, wrote of Lancaster in the highest terms. The late Lance-Corporal was recommended for a V.C., but was awarded a D.C.M. instead." - from the Sydney Sunday Times 29 Sep 1918 (nla.gov.au)

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