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ID number 1DRL/0491
Title Maygar, Leslie Cecil, VC, DSO, VD (Lieutenant Colonel, b.1868 - d.1917)
Record type Collection
Item count 12
Collection Private Record
Object type Letters
  • Maygar, Leslie Cecil (Maker)
  • McLaurin, Archibald McGibbon (Maker)
Places made
  • Egypt
  • Ottoman Empire: Palestine
Date made 1915-1918
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Note Open


Collection relating to the service of Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Cecil Maygar, 8 Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine, 1915-1917. Collection consists of nine letters written by Lieutenant Colonel Maygar while on active service, a letter of condolence written by Lieutenant Colonel Archibald McGibbon McLaurin, 8 Light Horse Regiment to Maygar's brother, and a short note from Lieutenant Colonel McLaurin to Maygar's brother.


Biographical note: Lieutenant-Colonel Leslie Cecil Maygar, VC, DSO, VD, officer commanding 8 Light Horse Regiment AIF, who died on 1 November 1917 of wounds received near Beersheba, Palestine. Other biographical details concerning him are: grazier; of Longwood and Euroa, Victoria; born 'Dean' Station, Kilmore Vic, 26 May 1872; educated at a state school and privately; served for 10 years in the Victorian Mounted Rifles, then saw 18 months service in the South African War, and after that 11 years in the Australian Light Horse in Victoria; enlisted in the AIF on 20 August 1914 and appointed a Captain in the 8th Light Horse Regiment; promoted Major on 3 October 1914; temporary Lieutenant-Colonel, and CO 8 Light Horse Regiment, 17 October 1915; Lieutenant-Colonel, 4 December 1915; commanded 3 Light Horse Brigade for short periods in 1917; was awarded the Victoria Cross in the South African war. Full name as discovered on his will: Edgar Leslie Cecil Willis Walker Maygar.


  • Maygar, Leslie Cecil, VC, DSO, VD (Lieutenant Colonel, b.1868 - d.1917)
  • Correspondence relating to Leslie Cecil Maygar, 1915-1918

    Letters relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Cecil Maygar, 8th Light Horse Regiment. This file consists of letters written by Maygar as well as letters of condolence written by others after his death. His initial ...