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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Melbourne, Vic. September 1914. Group portrait of members of the 1st Divisional Engineers (Div Engrs) Headquarters (HQ) and of the 2nd Field Company (Fd Coy) and 3rd Fd Coy, at the Engineer Depot, Alexandra Avenue.  Sapper L L Lethlean is in the back row, far right. Marnie W K 2nd Cpl 157 is in the back row 2nd from the left.   https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/A03531/


Lethlean L    Cpl    58    Linton Leigh       2 FCE    22    Sailmaker    Single    Meth        

Address:    Oakleigh, Logie St    

Next of Kin:    Lethlean, Alec, Logie St, Oakleigh  

                                             cnr Emo and Ardrie Rds, East Malvern  (by 30 June 1916)

Enlisted:    1 Sep 1914        

Embarked:     A3 Orvieto 21 Oct 1914  

Awards: Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), 1917


In the 1914 Electoral Roll Lethlean was living in Barracks, Swan Island, occupation soldier.


Recommendation for Meritorious Service Medal, 1916


CSM Linton Leigh Lethlean, 2 Field Co Engineers

He took part in the landing on GALLIPOLI and did excellent work, acting as Company Sergeant Major from July until November 1915. After LONE PINE had been captured he directed the traffic which was fast becoming chaos, to and from the trenches taken. Later on he superintended the laying & firing of charges LP [Lone Pine?] tunnel 3 where excellent results were obtained. Prior to the evacuation in the vicinity of LEANES TRENCHES. At GEBEL HABIETA, as section sergeant he did excellent work and against FLEURBAIX where he was made CSM. At POZIERES he was in the first line of trenches with the OC and again did admirable work.  He enlisted in September 1914 and has never been away from the Company.  At all times he has performed his duties in a creditable and praiseworthy manner.

This medal was not awarded to Lethlean at this time.




Citation for MSM:

Warrant Officer (Class 1) Linton Leigh Lethlean

From 28th February to data this warrant officer has been in charge of  Divisional R.E. Dumps. On the Somme during the period of the German evacuation of LE BARQUE and THILLOY in February and early March he did great service in supervising the forwarding of R E stores under arduous circumstances.  Again during and after  the attack on  HERMES and DEMICOURT on 8th April When there was a serious lack of transport for R.E. stores he was instrumental in forwarding stores to the front line under adverse  conditions.

26 September 1917
Major General
Commanding 1st Australian Division

(Australian War Memorial)


Spr Lethlean, afterwards warrant officer, 1st Div Engrs HQ, MSM; died in WA 6 November 1930. (AWM)


Mentioned in diary of W D Lycett

Lycett W D Pte 2063

7 Jul 1916  "Linton Lethlane [sic] of 2nd. Eng. came to see me this afternoon, looks well and is a Warrant Officer".

16 Oct 1918 Met with Linton Lethlean in England, possibly Plymouth.


TRIAL PEN PICTURES (1932, January 16). Mirror (Perth, WA : 1921 - 1956), p. 7.



MOROWA SHOOTING (1931, November 30). The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), p. 1 (HOME (FINAL) EDITION).  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article83693404


MOROWA SHOOTING (1931, November 13). The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), p. 6 (HOME (FINAL; EDITION).  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article83694996


THE ETERNAL TRIANGLE (1931, December 8). Western Argus (Kalgoorlie, WA : 1916 - 1938), p. 23.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article34592164


MORAWA TRAGEDY (1931, January 12). Geraldton Guardian and Express (WA : 1929 - 1947), p. 3.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article67291525


MORAWA TRAGEDY. (1931, December 2). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), p. 16.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32380380


SHOT DEAD ON TRUCK (1931, December 2). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 1 (Home Edition). http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129013729


Chapell Spends Five Hours in Witness Box (1931, December 2). The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), p. 1 (HOME (FINAL) EDITION).  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article83692670


PARTICULARS OF PRINCIPALS (1931, December 2). The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), p. 1 (HOME (FINAL) EDITION).  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article83692663


Further Revelations at Morawa (1931, December 3). The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), p. 1 (HOME (FINAL) EDITION).  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article83694494


CHARGE OF MURDER. (1932, January 13). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 13.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4421565


CHAPELL'S RETURN (1932, February 7). Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954), p. 1 (First Section).  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article58657142


Mirror (Perth, WA : 1921 - 1956) 12 March 1932: 1. Web. 23 Jan 2017 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page7369646>



War Service Commemorated

Kensington Methodist Church [Lathlean]

Newmarket Baptist Church Roll of Honour

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours  [Lathleen L] 


In Memoriam


LETHLEAN - In loving memory of Linton
Leigh Lethlean, who was killed at Morawa
Western Australia on November 6 1931 -Ever
remembered. (Inserted by his loving parents

brothers and sisters East Malvern).


Family Notices (1933, November 6). The Argus

(Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 1. 


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