THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
JARDINE Leonard Handforth
10/1049, Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, WW1
31543, Lieutenant Colonel, OC Convoy and OC HMT No 22, WW2

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 1 February 1919, p1616
For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership at Gauzeancourt from 8th to 13th September 1918.  His battalion was engaged in very heavy fighting against
strong enemy positions held by picked troops.  He constantly reconnoitred the front, having to pass through gas and enemy barrage and by keeping in the
closest touch with the situation he was able to cope with several enemy counter attacks.  It was owing to his skilful leadership that the operation was a success
and his courage and coolness under heavy fire inspired all ranks

Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 4 October 1919, p3225
For conspicuous gallantry and resource at Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918.  His battalion was detailed to capture the city.  The enemy were holding a
railway embankment in front of the city from which they brought such heavy machine-gun fire to bear on our troops that the attack was temporarily held up.
He promptly used his reserved troops with such skill that he overcame the resistance of the enemy and enabled the advance to be continued.  Finally by his
gallant and able leadership he was instrumental in bringing about the fall of the city

Military Cross
Gazetted 1 January 1917, p45
Flers 15 September 1916 and Grid Trench and Grid Support Trench 1 October 1916.  This officer has displayed conspicuous ability and leadership on several, but
especially on the above two occasions.  On the 15th September he handled his company with great skill when ordered up to cover the north of Flers and take
up a new line.  Again on the 1st October he displayed great presence of mind, resource and initiative, under heavy fire, when supporting two companies of the
2nd Otago Battalion who had suffered heavily from machine gun fire.  All the officers of the latter two companies had been either killed or wounded, and Captain
Jardine reorganised the line at a critical time with admirable judgement.  He is possessed of rare soldierly qualities and his work is deserving of special
recognition.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 11 July 1919, p8837
For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period 16 September to 15 March 1919.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order and bar
Military Cross
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
      Mention in Despatches
Africa Star
War Medal 1939-45
New Zealand War Service Medal
New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
New Zealand Territorial Service Medal

NOTES
Born 18 July 1890, Napier, New Zealand
Died 15 May 1969, Katikati, New Zealand
Buried 1 June 1978, Kopuatama Cem, Stratford, New Zealand [Block 47, Plot 15]