John Leak

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John Leak
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John Leak, c. 1916
Born 1892
Portsmouth, England
Died 20 October 1972 (aged 79–80)
Redwood Park, Australia
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Imperial Force
Years of service 1915–19
Rank Private
Unit 9th Battalion

First World War

Awards Victoria Cross

John Leak, VC (1892 – 20 October 1972) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Born in Portsmouth, England in 1892.[1] He emigrated to Australia when he was young.[2]

He enlisted into the 9th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, on 28 January 1915 in Rockhampton, Queensland. He was 23 years old when, on 16 April 1915, he embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra to Gallipoli.[1]

He was a twenty-four-year-old private[3] when, on 23 July 1916 at the Battle of Pozières, France, he committed an act of great bravery and heroism for which his was awarded the Victoria Cross.[2]

In 1918 he was wounded, and discharged the next year.

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BWM ribbon.jpg Victory medal (UK) ribbon.png GeorgeVICoronationRibbon.png Ribbon of QEII Coronation Medal

Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross (VC)[5]
1914-15 Star ribbon.jpg 1914-15 Star[5]
BWM ribbon.jpg British War Medal[5]
Victory medal (UK) ribbon.png Victory Medal (UK)[5]
Ribbon of the King George VI Coronation Medal King George VI Coronation Medal
Ribbon of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal


  1. ^ a b "John LEAK". The AIF Project. 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "The Victoria Cross Awarded to Men of Portsmouth – Private John Leak VC -". Memorials & Monuments In Portsmouth. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "More World War I VC heroes". PerthNow. April 19, 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29740. pp. 8869–8871. 8 September 1916. Retrieved 2010-04-24.
  5. ^ a b c d John LEAK, The AIF Project,

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