Leslie J. Morshead

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Born at Mount Pleasant on 18 September 1889, Leslie James Morshead was a student of the Mount Pleasant Primary School, followed by Ballarat Technical Art School in 1907.[1] He attended Melbourne Teachers' College. [2]

Leslie Morshead took part in the landing at Gallipoli with the Second Battalion, and took a prominent part in the action. In August he led the first line charge at Lone Pine. [3] After Gallipoli he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and given command of the 33rd Battalion, which arrived in France in November 1916. Morshead led the battalion successfully through Messines and the Passchendaele campaign of late-1917, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, and continued to command through the battles Villers-Bretonneux and Amiens in 1918. Morshead joined the staff of General John Monash for the demobilisation of the AIF and returned to Sydney in December 1919.[4]

Leslie Morshead won fame as the defender of Tobruk during the World War Two and is among the most renowned Australian divisional commanders of that war. [5]

Morshead died on 26 September 1959 at Sydney, New South Wales.[6]

Also See

World War Two

References

  1. Ballarat Technical Art School Examinations, 1097. (Cat. No.768)
  2. Ballarat Star, 03 May 1916.
  3. Ballarat Star, 03 May 1916.
  4. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10676535, accessed 17 August 2017.
  5. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10676535, accessed 17 August 2017.
  6. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10676535, accessed 17 August 2017.


Further Reading

External links

https://www.facebook.com/GreatWarBallarat/photos/a.1435513539828250.1073741828.1415606998485571/1572892789423657/?type=3&theater

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10676535


--Clare K.Gervasoni 18:11, 5 July 2017 (AEST)

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