John LEAK VC

Badge Number: S19349, Sub Branch: STATE
S19349

LEAK, John

Service Number: 2053
Enlisted: 28 January 1915, Rockhampton, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Portsmouth, England, February 1892
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Teamster
Died: Natural causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 20 October 1972
Cemetery: Stirling District Cemetery, S.A.
Memorials: Adelaide B1 Torrens Training Depot*, Adelaide MG3e* North Terrace Sesquecentenary Pavement Plaques WW 1 VC Winners
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World War 1 Service

28 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2053, Rockhampton, Queensland
16 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2053, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
16 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2053, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2053, 9th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2053, 9th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
31 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2053, 9th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

'English-born John Leak (1892-1972) came to Australia as a boy and in January 1915 enlisted in the AIF. He served on Gallipoli and next year accompanied his unit to France, in time to be thrown into the bloody fighting at Pozières. In a battle notorious for its scale and intensity, Leak's solo attack with bombs and bayonet on a German post stood out. In a further action on 21 August he was wounded.

Few came out of Pozières without physical or mental scars and this brave soldier was no exception, yet he served on only to be severely gassed in March 1918. After a few jobs, Leak became a garage proprietor in Western Australia, before retiring to South Australia, where he died.' - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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