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Clarence Rupert Lepp was born in Ballarat and was a Bacon Curer by trade when he enlisted in the 24th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement on 12 July 1915 at the age of 20. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915. He arrived in France in March 1916 and in August he suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh, but in so doing, he came under notice æfor great gallantry and endurance in carrying messages and acting as guide under heavy fire, often in the open at Pozieres on the 26th August 1916. In addition to carrying his messages promptly he rendered valuable work by verbal reports of his own observations.' For this he was awarded the Military Medal. In August 1918 he was again wounded in action, suffering a shell wound to the back. He returned to Australia in March 1919.
He had one brother who also served: Pte Victor Stanley Lepp, 21st Bn (Tree No 457), killed in action, 26 August 1916.
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