1784 (later 240237) Private Leonard Sutcliffe,
1/5th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Awarded
the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 29 March 1919. Sutcliffe was a native
of Burnley, Lancashire.
Disembodied on the 15 February 1919. Sutcliffe re-enlisted in 1920 and served as 3377310 attaining the rank of Sergeant and being awarded the Territorial Efficiency Medal.
The Burnley News of 11 November 1918 reported: - AN ENTERPRISING SCOUT. Private L. Sutcliffe, son of Mr. W. Sutcliffe, of 19, Cuerden Street, Burnley, has been awarded the Military Medal. He joined the Territorial Army in March 1914, and was drafted to Egypt. He went through the Dardenelles Campaign and was sent to France in March, 1917. Private Sutcliffe has had the good luck to escape the casualty lists. He was formerly a twister at Thornber's Daneshouse Mill, and he is the second of three soldier brothers to be awarded the Military Medal, the other winner being Corporal Arthur Sutcliffe, of the Scottish Rifles. The third son, Private Harold Sutcliffe, is lying wounded in Chester Hospital. Their father has himself seen three years of service in the Army Veterinary Corps, from which unit he was discharged a few months ago.
Concerning Private Sutcliffe's decoration, the official record states that it was awarded "for conspicuous gallantry on 25th September, 1918. Private Sutcliffe was one of a daylight patrol which went out to locate an enemy post opposite our front, on the eve of an attack. The post was located, and he went out as one of a stronger party, which made an assault on the post, which resulted in four of the enemy being made prisoners. Private Sutcliffe was the foremost man of each party to encounter the enemy. He is a keen and enterprising battalion scout".
The same report appears in the Burnley Express of the same day with the heading: - SECOND MEDALIST IN FAMILY.
A further similar report appears in the Burnley Express of 11
June 1919 when several medal winners were presented with their awards.
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