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Surname MULLEN
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Leslie Miltiades
Regimental Number 959
Unit Name 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles
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Murray: MULLEN Leslie Miltiades. VMRR: Right Wing, Queen's South Africa medal and 3 clasps (CC OFS & Tvl).
B5179: born 1880 a station hand from St. Kilda Vic.
Melb. Leader: St. Kilda Vic., photo #235.
URL1: photo.
Source:# 1496 Leslie was in fact a step-brother of Clarence and George, their mother Hannah dying in 1880 and their father re-marrying Caroline LOUGHEAD soon after. Victorian BDM has his year of birth as 1882 at Williamstown.
URL2: St. Kilda Soldiers' Memorial THE UNVEILING CEREMONY. The memorial which has been erected in Alfred Square, St. Kilda, in memory of the local citizen soldiers who took part in the South African war, was unveiled on Sunday afternoon last [19.3.1905] by His Excellency the State Governor Sir Reginald TALBOT. ... The names of the soldiers inscribed on the memorial are as follows - THE FALLEN. Corporal RPN ROBERTSON, Troopers Laurence GOUDY, Edwin KNOX, MA LANGLEY, WA ROLLS, Leslie STEWART and John WHELAN. THOSE WHO RETURNED. Lieutenant-Colonel CLARK, Major MCINERNEY, Captain HOWE, Lieutenants ALLEN, APPLEBY, CAMPBELL, EMBLING, O'LOUGHLIN, POWER, PRITCHETT. Sergeant-Major BOYES. Sergeants DARE, KREROUSE, NEWELL, PAIRD, SHAW, WAUGH. Corporals HUTCHINSON, JESSE. Lance-Corporals STEWART, BRADLEY, HOLT. Troopers ALLAN, D ANDERSON, W ANDERSON, ASHLEY, BRIDGELAND, BARKE, BURNS, COWDEN, DEEGAN, DELANEY, EDINGTON, GARDNER, HADDEN, HENDERSON, HUTCHINSON, LEISHMAN, MAYS, MORRIS, LL MULLEN, CA MULLEN, J MULLEN, NEWELL, PARROTT, PAMMEROY, PUTT, RALEIGH, ROSS, SINCLAIR, G SMITH, S SMITH, STEWART, THOMAS, TOMPSITT, WELLS, WELLS and WILLAN.
Source:# 1578 MULLEN, Leslie Miltiadies. Died 18.3.1943, Hobart, aged 60 years. MULLEN was married and in Armadale, Vic. when he enlisted for WW1 duties in August, 1915, shown as an accountant, but also as the local Area Officer responsible for the Compulsory Military Training Scheme. He embarked with the 12th Infantry, initially with the rank of Lieutenant, later promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and was awarded the DSO and Belgian Croix do Guerre, as well as being Mentioned In Despatches twice. Still shown with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, Mullen was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June, 1934 for his 12 years as President of the Tasmanian branch of the R.S.S.I.L.A. and an extended term of service as Governor of Hobart Gaol. ... More. He was still President of the Tasmanian branch of the Returned Soldier's League.
URL3: ADFA AIF Database record.
URL4: WW1 AIF papers at NAA show 1 year 112 days active service with 5th Vic. Contingent S. Africa, Queen's medal and 5 clasps, 7 years commissioned service, Lieutenant 91st Infantry seconded.
URL5: Commander of St. Michael and St. George 1934 - LIEUT.-COL. LESLIE MILTIADES MULLEN, President Tasmanian Branch Returned Soldiers League. Colonel LM MULLEN, Governor of the Hobart Gaol, was born in Williamstown, Vic. in 1882. He served in the South African war with the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles, and was awarded the Queen's Medal with five clasps. He served through the Great War with the 12th Battalion. and was awarded the DSO and Belgian Croix de Guerre, being mentioned in despatches twice. He has been president of the Tasmanlan Branch of the Returned Soldiers' League for twelve years.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 287
5VMR QSA Roll: Queen's S. Africa Medal Roll for 5VMR
B5179: National Archives of Australia series B5179 item B
Melb. Leader: Melbourne Leader newspaper date(s) 16.2.1901
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 1496
Prahran Ch.: Prahran Chronicle newspaper date(s) 18.3.1905
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 1578
B2455: National Archives of Australia series B2455
Melb. Age: Melbourne Age newspaper date(s) 4.6.1934
Hbt. Mercury: Hobart Mercury newspaper date(s) 19.3.1943
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