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Leonard Keysor VC

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Leonard Keysor VC

War dead  Male  Born 3/11/1885  Died 12/10/1951

Categories: War Memorial WW1

Countries: Australia

Soldier. Born Leonard Maurice Keysor (also known as 'Keyzor' or 'Kyezor') in Maida Vale. He emigrated to Australia in 1914, and at the outbreak of war, enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. At Galipoli, he took part in the Battle of Lone Pine, and risked his life by picking up the Turkish grenades that landed in the trenches and throwing them back. Despite being wounded and ordered to seek medical attention, he remained at his post. For these actions, he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
He is credited as being the first Jewish soldier to win the medal, although Frank de Pass has the same claim.

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Leonard Keysor, VC

{Below an image of a Victoria Cross medal:} Lance Corporal Leonard Keysor, Au...

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