2557, Lieutenant Leslie William Butler MC, DCM
Australian Corps Headquarters
Recommended for Distinguished Conduct Medal – 5th July, 1916
Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal – 30th November, 1916
For conspicuous gallantry when leading an attack. He assisted in bringing in a machine gun under heavy fire. After his party got back to our trenches he returned three times and brought in wounded, although exposed to continuous heavy shell and machine gun fire the whole time.
Recommended for Military Cross – 6th October, 1917
Awarded Military Cross – 7th August, 1918
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon in the attack with great initiative and good leadership. He took command of his company when all the other officers were casualties and led it to the final objective, which he consolidated and secured against counter attack. During the advance he saved the life of a wounded man who was loaded with Very lights and bombs, whose equipment was set on fire by a shell. He showed splendid courage and coolness throughout, which did much to insure the success of the operations.
Picture Source – Australian War Memorial