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Leonard Maurice Keysor (1885–1951)

Leonard Keysor, 1918

Leonard Keysor, 1918

Australian War Memorial, D00021

Lieutenant Leonard Maurice Keysor, 65, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, in August, 1915, died in London yesterday.

Lieutenant Keysor received the V.C. for catching Turkish bombs as if they were cricket balls and throwing them back at the Turks.

Born in London, he went to Canada as a young man, but after spending several years there decided to go to New South Wales to live.

When the First World War broke out he enlisted and went to Gallipoli as a private in the First Battalion Australian Imperial Horse.

After the war ended he returned to Australia for a time, took a commission, and was placed upon the reserve of officers for the Australian Military Forces.

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Leonard Keysor, 1918

Leonard Keysor, 1918

Australian War Memorial, D00021

Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Keyzor, Leonard Maurice

3 November, 1885
London, Middlesex, England


12 October, 1951 (aged 65)
London, Middlesex, England

Cause of Death

cancer (not specified)

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