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Leslie Morshead

Lieutenant Colonel

33rd Battalion

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal

Tree Information

  • Species: Ulmus Sp.
  • Planted By: Miss M. Sheppard
  • Plaque: 927

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Biography

Sir Leslie James Morshead, KCB, KBE, CMG, DSO was born in Ballarat and was a School Master when he enlisted in the 33rd Battalion, Headquarters on 9 September 1914 and was appointed as a Lieutenant with the AIF in September 1914 and was a Captain with the 2nd Battalion at the Gallipoli landing. By April 1916 he had risen to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was appointed to command the 33rd Battalion on the Western Front. He successfully led his men in battles at Messines, Passchendaele, Villers-Bretonneux and Amiens and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1917 and the French Legion d'Honneur in 1918. During WW2 he added Tobruk, New Guinea and Borneo to his personal battle honours and was knighted in 1942 and awarded the American Medal of Freedom in 1948.
Tree No. 927

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour