Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Cecil Maygar

Ranks Held Captain, Lieutenant Colonel, Lieutenant
Birth Date 27 May 1868
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Kilmore
Death Date 01 November 1917
Death Place Ottoman Empire: Palestine, Beersheba
Also known as Edgar Leslie Cecil Willis Walker Maygar
Final Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1902-02-11
Published in London Gazette in 1918-01-16
Published in London Gazette in 1916-12-01
Published in London Gazette in 1917-06-04
Published in London Gazette in 1917-07-06
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-10-11
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-04-19
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-05-23
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-10-04
Description

Leslie Cecil Maygar was born near Kilmore, Victoria, on 27 May 1868. He was farming at Euroa when he volunteered for service with the Victorian Mounted Rifles and served in the South African War. It was during this conflict that Maygar was awarded the Victoria Cross for the rescue of a fellow soldier under heavy fire. After the war he returned to farming and once again volunteered for military service when the First World War broke out, enlisting with the Australian Imperial Force on 20 August 1914. Maygar departed Melbourne with the 4th Light Horse Regiment aboard HMAT Wiltshire on 19 October 1914.

Whilst serving on Gallipoli in 1915 Maygar was promoted to the rank of major and in October that year was appointed to command the 8th Light Horse Regiment. In December 1915 he began to document his experiences in a series of letters home, recalling in great detail the evacuation from Gallipoli, which he deemed "a marvellous piece of military strategy probably never equalled in all the annals of history." Maygar was in command of the last party to withdraw from the trenches at ANZAC Cove.

Rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, Maygar distinguished himself as a fine leader and horseman in the desert campaigns of Sinai and Palestine, during which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Maygar continued to document his experiences, in particular the extensive preparations for the second battle of Gaza in April 1917. He died on 1 November 1917 from wounds sustained at the battle of Beersheba the day before. Leslie Maygar is buried at the Beersheba War Cemetery in Israel.

Rolls

  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    8th Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    8th Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    London Gazette
    01 December 1916 on page 11807 at position 45
    Commonwealth Gazette
    19 April 1917 on page 926 at position 53
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    8th Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
  • First World War Embarkation Roll:

    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    8th Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    London Gazette
    16 January 1918 on page 937 at position 33
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 May 1918 on page 1125 at position 65
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    8th Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    8th Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    London Gazette
    06 July 1917 on page 6773 at position 43
    Commonwealth Gazette
    11 October 1917 on page 2664 at position 47
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    8th Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    London Gazette
    04 June 1917 on page 5475 at position 34
    Commonwealth Gazette
    04 October 1917 on page 2626 at position 50
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    5th Victorian Mounted Rifles
    Conflict
    South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
    Rank
    Lieutenant
    London Gazette
    11 February 1902 on page 843 at position 1
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    8th Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel

Timeline

Date of birth 27 May 1868
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1891-03 Victorian Mounted Rifles.
Other 1901 Arrived for service in South Africa.
Awarded Victoria Cross 23 November 1901 At Geelhoutboom, on the 23rd November, 1901, Lieutenant Maygar galloped out and ordered men of a detachment post, which was being outflanked, to retire. The horse of one of them being shot under him, when the enemy were within 200 yards, Lieutenant Maygar dismounted and lifted him on to his own horse, which bolted into boggy ground, casing both of them to dismount. On extricating the horse and finding that it could not carry both, Lieutenant Maygar again put the man on its back, and told him to gallop for cover at once, he himself proceeding on foot. All this took place under a very heavy fire. (London Gazette: 11th February 1902)
Date returned to Australia 1902 Carried his commission into the 8th Light Horse Regiment.
Date promoted 1912-07 Appointed Captain in the 16th (Indi) Light Horse Regiment.
Other 04 August 1914 Volunteered for service for the First World War, was accepted and was subsequently a member of the advanced party which laid out the first Light Horse camp at Broadmeadows, Vic.
Date of enlistment 20 August 1914
Date promoted 20 August 1914 Appointed Captain in the AIF and posted as Officer Commanding B Squadron, 4 Light Horse Regiment.
Date of embarkation 19 October 1914 Sailed for Egypt.
Date promoted 1915 Appointed to Major during service in Gallipoli.
Other 1915-10-17 - 1917-11-01 Succeeded to the command of the 8th Light Horse Regiment with the temporary rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Date promoted 1915-12 Confirmation of rank and appointment.
Other 1915-12 Served in Sinai and Palestine.
Date of honour or award 1916-12 Mention in Despatches.
Other 1917 Became temporary commander of the 3rd Brigade on two occasions.
Date of recommendation honour or award 19 June 1917
Date of honour or award 1917-07 Mention in Despatches.
Date of honour or award 1917-07 Qualified for Volunteer Decoration.
Date of recommendation honour or award 16 September 1917
Date of honour or award 1917-10 the field.
Date of recommendation honour or award 05 October 1917
Date wounded 31 October 1917 Wounded during the Battle of Beersheba in Palestine. His horse bolted with him into the darkness, he was later found, but had lost so much blood that he died in hospital the next day.
Date of death 01 November 1917
Date of honour or award 1918-01 Mention in Despatches.