Leonard Harold Brand

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Brand, Lieutenant Leonard Harold no. 1362.

19th Battalion D Company, later 17th Battalion DCM [also known as Brandt].

“Ingleside” Park Street, Canterbury.

Plumber.

Born at Canterbury January 15, 1898, son of Peter Phillip and Mary Ann Brand (nee Bond).

Educated Canterbury Public School.

Plumber.

Enlisted at Liverpool 27/4/1915, aged 17.

Single.

Religion: Nonconformist.

Next of kin, mother, Mary Ann Brand, Park Street, Canterbury.

Embarked 25/6/1915.

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli; France (wounded on three occasions; was awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous bravery by capturing 21 prisoners)

Casualty list DT 6/1/1917 Returned to duty.

DCM 24/4/1917 Recommendation 19th Battalion AIF 1362 Corporal Leonard Harold Brand: For conspicuous gallantry during an enemy attack on the morning of 15th April against Noreuil, this N.C.O. was in Support line which the enemy had penetrated, a number of them having taken up a position in a sunken road close to our line were giving considerable trouble. Corporal Brand, taking his 4 men, went out and after a short encounter returned with twelve prisoners and his party, himself wounded in the ankle. Almost immediately more of the enemy were reported and Corporal Brand again went out, this time with 2 men, and returned with 9 more prisoners. His daring and initiative without doubt saved many lives as well as shewing a great example to his men.

Recommended by G.O.C. 5th Australian Infantry Brigade.

Honour: D.C.M.

Casualty list SMH 19/5/1917 Wounded (2nd occasion. Previously reported returned to duty).

Casualty list SMH 21/10/1918 Wounded.

Returned to Australia 14/1/1919.

Married Ivy L.B. Darling 1920.

Died 19/6/1982 aged 84.

Rookwood Cemetery Garden of Remembrance Wall 6 Panel D.

Portrait and biography in The All Australia Memorial 1919.

Roll of Honour, Canterbury District Memorial Board, Methodist Church, Canterbury Road, Campsie.

Australian War Memorial Embarkment record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1844114/ [accessed 29/07/2016]

Australian War Memorial Award record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1520332/ [accessed 29/07/2016]

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.

Note

An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.

Reference

Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002