Are you related to Captain Leslie Hubert HOLDEN? (Military Cross recipient)

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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.

Air Force wings (Royal Australian Flying Corps) Captain Leslie Hubert HOLDEN First World War

Air Force wings (Royal Australian Flying Corps) believed to have been issued to Captain Leslie Hubert HOLDEN during his service.

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.

 

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Gary Traynor is Administrator of the Militaria based website MEDALSGONEMISSING. The aim of this "NOT FOR PROFIT" website is to reunite families, with lost War Medals and other items of militaria which may have been awarded or issued to their ancestors. What Gary refers to as their "lost heritage". He has been actively involved in the preservation of Militaria and the researching of Military History for well over 29 years. During his travels, he has conducted numerous study trips to Gallipoli, The Western Front, Kokoda and many other major battle sites around the world. He was a member of the Australian Army Reserve (UNSWR & 4/3 RNSWR) and served for 23 years with the New South Wales Police Force. He was also priveleged to have served as a Volunteer Guide at the Australian War Memorial for a number of years. Gary now conducts tours of the Gallipoli Battlefields and the Kokoda Track in New Guinea. He leads the field in his knowledge of the beach head battlefields encompassing Buna, Gona & Sanananda. Medalsgonemissing is a website that will assist you in locating your family's lost war medals and other awards. If you have an ancestor who served in any of the British Commonwealth Armed Services at any time - and whose medals are lost/stolen or simply missing....then so long as the medals are out there - this site will help you to locate them. However the site also contains articles of interest in relation to Military History, War Memorials & Uniforms / kit. Please explore our website as there is sure to be something of interest to you.
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