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Brigadier William Buck Lesslie


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Does anyone have biographical details on this officer?

I know he lived at Bassingstoke, England in 1934, but not much more.

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Try searching for William BRECK Lesslie, who was a Brigadier General, Royal Engineers and at one time attached to the Australian and New Zealand Forces. His Medal Index Card on ancestry is here and there are numerous cards for Mentions in Dispatches. He seems to have been from Kingston, Ontario and was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for doing extraordinary things at Gallipoli.

There is a short biography from Canada here, too (see Post 13) and a newspaper clipping here.

There is a reference to Willliam BUCK Lesslie on the Australian War Memorial site (here) but if you look carefully at the handwritten source document attached, it actually says BRECK. There are a couple more entries on the same site for William BRECK Lesslie.


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Extract War Services of Officers of the Army December 1922 page 736



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His son:


Rank: Bimbashi (Major)
Date of Death: 23/03/1941
Age: 39
Regiment/Service: Sudan Defence Force Aux.
Grave Reference:

Additional Information: Son of Brigadier-General William Breck Lesslie, C.B., C.M.G., formerly Royal Engineers and Edith Lucy Lesslie (nee Blyth). Also served as Capt. The Royal Scots (The Royal Regt.).

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Thanks guys, most helpful!

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