Private John Leak

Service number 2053, 2055
Birth Date 1892
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Hampshire, Portsmouth
Death Date 20 October 1972
Death Place Australia: South Australia, Adelaide, Redwood Park
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1916-09-09
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1916-12-14

English-born John Leak (1892-1972) came to Australia as a boy and in January 1915 enlisted in the AIF. He served on Gallipoli and next year accompanied his unit to France, in time to be thrown into the bloody fighting at Pozières. In a battle notorious for its scale and intensity, Leak's solo attack with bombs and bayonet on a German post stood out. In a further action on 21 August he was wounded.

Few came out of Pozières without physical or mental scars and this brave soldier was no exception, yet he served on only to be severely gassed in March 1918. After a few jobs, Leak became a garage proprietor in Western Australia, before retiring to South Australia, where he died.



Date of birth 1892
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 28 January 1915 9 Battalion
Date of embarkation 16 April 1915
Date wounded 21 August 1915 Wounded at Mouquet Farm.
Date of honour or award 23 July 1916 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Pozieres, France whilst serving with 9 Battalion, 3 Brigade, 1 Division as a Private
Date of recommendation honour or award 31 July 1916
Date wounded 07 March 1918 Gassed.
Date of discharge 31 May 1919
Date of death 20 October 1972