An interesting Military Medal as awarded to Private C. Leonard, 162nd Company, Machine Gun Corps, he had been previously awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for rescuing a severely wounded officer under fire in Egypt in late 1915 or very early 1916., he had initially served with the Bedfordshire Regiment before transferring to the Machine Gun Corps.
Military Medal, Geo V, named (49861 PTE C. LEONARD 162/Coy M.G.C.).
Charles Leonard originally served with the Bedfordshire Regiment, before transferring to the Machine Gun Corps. Awarded this Military Medal in the London Gazette of 2nd November 1917 for services in Egypt, he had previously been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for Egypt in the London Gazette of 18th February 1916, the citation for which was as follows: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He remained alone for two days with an officer who was severely wounded in front of our lines. He dragged him to a shelter, obtained water for him, and kept parties of the enemy at bay, and finally succeeded in getting him into our lines. He showed the greatest courage and self-sacrifice.’ He later went on to be Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette of 12th January 1918 for his services in Egypt. He was originally from West Kilburn in London. With copy Medal Index Card, and London Gazette entry for his Distinguished Conduct Medal.