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  • Name: Leonard Maurice KEYSOR
  • D.O.B: 3rd November, 1885
  • D.O.A: 8th August, 1915
  • D.O.D: 12th October, 1951
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion (NSW), 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Australian Imperial Force

Lone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey 7-9 August 1915

7-9 August 1915

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The Gallipoli Campaign 25 April 1915–9 January 1916 

After the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915 a front line had been established running roughly north to south across the 400 Plateau, south-east of the Cove. The Turkish defences in the south-eastern section of the Plateau had been named Lone Pine by the Australians. On the night of 6-7 August, as part of the diversionary attacks accompanying the landing at Suvla Bay to the north, the Australians attacked the Turkish positions at Lone Pine and, despite heavy casualties, broke through the enemy’s line. The Turks mounted counter-attacks over the succeeding days but the Australians held on and consolidated their gains. The action was a triumph and seven of the Australians were awarded VCs for their gallantry in the fighting: Captains A J Shout and F H Tubb, Lieutenant W J Symons, Lance Corporal L M Keysor, Corporals A S Burton and W Dunstan and Private J P Hamilton.

Citation

 On 7th August, 1915, he was in a trench which was being heavily bombed by the enemy. He picked up two live bombs and threw them back at the enemy at great risk to his own life, and continued throwing bombs, although himself wounded, thereby saving a portion of the trench which it was most important to hold. On August 8th at the same place, Private Keysor successfully bombed the enemy out of a position, from which a temporary mastery over his own trench had been obtained, and was again wounded. Although marked for hospital he declined to leave, and volunteered to throw bombs for another company which had lost its bomb throwers. He continued to bomb the enemy till the situation was relieved. 

The London Gazette of 15 October 1915, Numb. 29328, p. 10154

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