Australian Victoria Cross Recipient

Private John Leak

Unit 9th Battalion
Born 1892 at Portsmouth, England. He migrated to Australia as a young man.
Date of action 23 July 1916
Place Pozieres, France

During an action a bombing position with two machine guns held up an advance. A bomb fight ensued in which the enemy ‘egg’ bombs outranged those of the Australians. Leak jumped out of his trench, ran forward under heavy machine-gun fire, and threw three bombs into the enemy post and bayoneted three unwounded bombers. Later, when the enemy drove the party back, Leak was the last to withdraw at each stage, and he kept bombing. When reinforcements arrived the whole trench was recaptured.

Died 20 October 1972
Buried or Commemorated Stirling District Cemetery, Adelaide Hills
Current location of the VC Privately held