Leslie Alfred GREEN MM

GREEN, Leslie Alfred

Service Number: 493
Enlisted: 24 August 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Stawell , Victoria, Australia , date not yet discovered
Home Town: Norseman, Dundas, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Memorials: Broken Hill Barrier District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 493, 10th Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 493, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
Date unknown: Wounded SN 493, 10th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Raid on Celtic Wood 

493 Private Leslie Alfred Green a miner from Broken Hill, New South Wales, was an original member of the battalion. He was wounded at Gallipoli in 1915, then at Pozières in 1916, was awarded an MM for his bravery during the raid on Celtic Wood on 9 October 1917. Of the 88 Men who took part in the raid he was one of the 19 unwounded , however he was wounded at Jeancourt in 1918.

In October, he was serving in Lieutenant Wilsdon’s platoon (9 Platoon) in C Company and as can be seen by the recommendation for his MM below he was definitely on the raid.

Recommendation for Military Medal.

‘During a raid on the enemy position in CELTIC WOOD, east of YPRES on the morning of 9/10/17, Pte. Green displayed great gallantry and courage and during the hand-to-hand fighting his courage and determination were especially noticeable. After the signal to retire had been given Pte. GREEN remained behind and carried his platoon Sgt who had been wounded to safety, under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire.’[i]

Returned to Australia in September 1918.

[i] Australian War Memorial website - Honours and awards (Recommendations: First World War) 493 Private Leslie Alfred Green viewed 25 August 2008.