Maygar, Leslie Cecil, VC, DSO, VD (Lieutenant Colonel, b.1868 - d.1917)

Accession Number 1DRL/0491
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Letter
Maker Maygar, Leslie Cecil
McLaurin, Archibald McGibbon
Place made Egypt, Ottoman Empire: Palestine
Date made 1915-1918
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/489
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

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.

History / Summary

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.