Lieutenant Leslie Cecil Maygar VC

John Hutton Bisdee VC A03685 Leslie Cecil Maygar
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Date of birth: 27 May 1868
Place of birth: Dean station, Kilmore, VIC
Date of death: 31 October 1917
Place of death: Palestine

Leslie Maygar was born near Kilmore, Victoria. He was farming at Euroa when he volunteered for active service with the Victorian Mounted Rifles. He arrived in South Africa with the 5th Mounted Rifles in March 1901. Maygar was awarded the Victoria Cross at Geelhoutboom, Transvaal, on 23 November 1901, for rescuing another Victorian whose horse had been shot out from under him. Pulling the man onto his own horse, Maygar dismounted and insisted the soldier gallop to safety, while he proceeded on foot under heavy fire. Later he was Mentioned in Despatches (MID).

Maygar joined the AIF in August 1914 as a light horse officer and was promoted to major on Gallipoli in 1915. In October he was appointed to command the 8th Light Horse Regiment. He was a fine leader and horseman who gloried in the desert campaigns in Sinai and Palestine, during which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). He was mortally wounded during the battle of Beersheba on 31 October 1917.

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