Whilst cleaning out some old boxes in January 2018, a couple from New South Wales found a pair of old Air Force Wings and buttons believed to have been issued to Captain Leslie Hubert HOLDEN M.C. Born in Adelaide on 6th March 1895, tragically he was killed in an air accident near Byron Bay on the 18th September 1932 aged 37 years.
It has been discovered that Leslie had an amazing First World War record. Starting off in the A.I.F. with an early enlistment number 25, Leslie Hubert HOLDEN joined the Australian Light Horse before transferring to the Australian Flying Corps. He was awarded the Military Cross during 1918.
The family who hold these artifacts would like them returned to his family, as old and fragile as they are. Failing this they will consider donating them to the Australian War Memorial.
Leslie Hubert HOLDEN is well documented in Australian history. Please CLICK HERE on this link to read more about him. It is not known by the current owners how they came to have these relics in their possession or whose writing is on the envelope. They say it is a complete enigma.