Lewis (Bluey) NEALE DCM

NEALE, Lewis

Service Number: 5684
Enlisted: 18 February 1916, Lismore, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Raleigh, New South Wales, 27 November 1890
Home Town: Camira Creek, Richmond Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, Sydney, New South Wales, 12 October 1925, aged 34 years
Cemetery: Woronora Memorial Park, Sutherland, New South Wales
Plot. Ang. Monumental, Sect. 2A - 0590
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World War 1 Service

18 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5684, Lismore, New South Wales
7 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5684, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 5684, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Brisbane
26 Sep 1917: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, Polygon Wood, 'Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as stretcher bearer'
1 Nov 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 5684, 25th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Passchendaele , GSW (left hand and arm)
23 Apr 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 5684, 25th Infantry Battalion, Medically discharged

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor


Miss Mona Jarrett, of Whiporie, has received a letter from Private L. Neale ("Bluey"), of Camira Creek, who states in his letter that he has been awarded the D.C.M.' from Daily Examiner 17 Dec 1917 (nla.gov.au)


Pte. Lewis Neale, writing to friends at Grafton, from France, said he was still going strong. He had recently won a D.C.M., and was about to leave for London to be decorated by the King. Geo. Olive, he added, is at present in London and expects to leave any day for home. Pte. Neale, prior to enlisting, came from Camira Creek. It has since been reported that he has been wounded.' from The Grafton Argus and Clarence River General Advertiser 19 Dec 1917 (nla.gov.au)


No. 5684, Private Lewis Neale, 25th Infantry Battalion.— He enlisted at Lismore on February 18, 1916, and embarked for active service with the 15th reinforcements of the 25th Infantry Battalion on September 7, 1916. Was reported wounded. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the field. Finding a pill-box smoking, he entered it, and found the ammunition was on fire as the result of shell fire from the enemy at Polygon Wood, on September 20, 1917. His commanding officer advised him not to enter the box in view of the danger, but Private Neale heard sounds of groaning, and finding two comrades inside badly wounded, he removed the burning ammunition and men, and was instrumental in saving the life of one soldier, whose wounds he dressed, but the other succumbed to his injuries shortly afterwards. He was returned to Australia on April 3, 1918, and waa discharged as medically unfit for further active service on April 23, 1918.' from The Queenslander 27 Jul 1918 (nla.gov.au)