Captain Leslie William Elliott DSO
5th Battalion AIF
57th Battalion AIF
Mentioned in Dispatches – 31st December, 1918
Recommended for Military Cross – 30th April, 1918 (Upgraded to Distinguished Service Order)
Awarded Distinguished Service Order – 12th February, 1919
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His company was detailed to from the right flank and get in touch with the brigade. This was an enterprise of great importance and danger, and he was exposed to attack on three sides during the movement. Although slightly wounded early in the operation, he led his company with great dash and gallantry, and consolidated and held his position. Next day he successfully led part of his company against enemy positions, and at night linked up with the brigade. By his courage and initiative he successfully accomplished his difficult task.
Family provided information:
Born 1891 in Victoria, the eldest of three children. The family had a lemonade and cordial factory in Rathdowne Street, Carlton; G H Elliott Aerated Waters and Cordials Pty. Ltd.
2nd Lt Elliott embarked with the 5th Battalion 12th Reinforcements from Melbourne on HMAT Ceramic on 23 November 1915 arriving in Egypt 19 December,1915.
In March 1916 while in Egypt he was taken on strength of 57th Battalion and placed into ‘C’ Company. They embarked on HS Kaylan on 15 June, 1916, for service on the Western Front.
He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 May 1916 and then Captain on 15 September the same year.
On 24 September 1918 he was awarded a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for ‘conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty’ while leading B Company, 57th Battalion, at Villers Bretonneux.
On 31 December 1918 he was Mentioned in Despatches during attacks on the Hindenburg Line.
Captain Leslie William Elliott returned to Australia on 10 June 1919 and went back to working in the family business.
He died in 1939 while playing golf and is buried at Carlton cemetary.
Picture Source – Adam Elliott