Leonard Peter ERBACHER MM

Birthplace
Toowoomba
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Plumber
Enlisted
22-March-1916
Place
Toowoomba
Age
21
Status
Single
Service No
325
Rank
Private
Unit
12th Machine Gun Company, 4th Reinforcements
Embarked
16-August-1916
Place
Melbourne
Active Service
Western Front
Highest rank
Sergeant
Honours and Awards
Military Medal
Fate
Returned to Australia
July 1919
Notes

Also named on Toowoomba Railway Honour Board.

 

Leonard Erbacher arrived in France in March 1917 and a month later earned a Military Medal at Lagnicourt. He was promoted to Sergeant in November attached to the 21st Machine Gun Company. In August 1918 he was wounded by shrapnel and hospitalised in France. While on leave in England in May 1919 he married Marjorie Louise Andrews. He returned to Australia in July 1919 and was discharged in November.

 

Military Medal citation: “At Lagnicourt on 15 April 1917 for coolness and gallantry in action. When attacked in rear by a large body of Germans this gunner slewed his gun round and fired a belt a fifteen paces compelling the enemy to take cover. By his devoted action he enabled seven of the section to escape and after disabling the gun, although surrounded by the enemy, he escaped himself.” (Awarded 8 May 1917)

 

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