Leslie Grut

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Ballarat School of Mines World War One Honour Roll, c1915. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 10431)


Leslie de Jersey Grut was born on 12 August 1891 near Brisbane, Queensland. He was educated at Melbourne Grammar School,[1] the Ballarat School of Mines where he completed Chemistry, Maths, Mine Management and Drawing in 1913[2]. Leslie Grut completed two years of a Science Course at Melbourne University when he enlisted for service during World War One. [3]

At the time of his enlistment, 15 March 1915, he was 23 and worked as a mining engineer. Grut was a 2nd Lieutenant with the 2nd Tunnelling Company. He gave his father as next of kin - Perceval de Jersey Grut "Petit Sejour" Mathoura Road, Toorak, Victoria. [4]

On 19 May 1919 Grut was granted leave from 21 March 1919 to 21 June 1919 with pay and subsistence - Reason Electric IP2 attg Frodingham Iron and Steel Works Coy, Scunthorpe. He returned to Australia on the Anchises on 10 July 1919. [5]

Military Experience

Grut was an officer in the Australian Mining Corps.

Honours and Awards

Grut was awarded the Military Cross on 08 March 1919. The reason for the commendation was "During the operations against the Hindenburg Line on the 29th September 1918 in the neighbourhood of Bullicourt, Capt De Jersey Grut was in command of a large party engaged on clearing and maintaining a forward road, and in spite of the very heavy enemy barrage he did very valuable work in keeping the road open for traffic. Under very trying conditions, when casualties were heavy, he showed a total disregard of personal danger and set a fine example to his men. [6] [7]

See also

Ballarat School of Mines


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--Cgervasoni (talk) 10:03, 2 September 2014 (EST)

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