Lt Leonard Keysor VC and 2nd Lt Alexander Finnie

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Southern (left) pylon

Portrait of Lieutenant Leonard Keysor VC, 1st Battalion.

Lt Keysor was awarded the Victoria Cross as a lance corporal for "most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Lone Pine Trenches, in the Gallipoli Peninsula" on 7 August 1915.

LCpl Keysor, in a trench under enemy bomb attack, picked up two live bombs and threw them back at the enemy, and although he was wounded continued to throw bombs until the trench was secure. The next day, he successfully bombed the enemy out of a strategically important part of the trench. He was again wounded and, refusing to leave, volunteered to throw bombs for another company which had lost all of their bomb throwers.

In 1918 Lt Keysor returned to Australia to assist in the recruiting campaign, before being discharged on medical grounds on 12 December 1918. In 1920 he returned to London, where he died on 12 October 1951.

Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

Northern (right) pylon

Studio portrait of Second Lieutenant Alexander Finnie, 4th Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), of Botany NSW.

A sheet metal worker before enlisting on 21 August 1914, he embarked from Sydney as a Sapper with the 1 Field Company Engineers on HMAT Afric on 18 October 1914. He was evacuated from Gallipoli with gas poisoning on 18 August 1915.

He was promoted to Corporal in 1916. On 30 April 1917 he transferred to the AFC, and having graduated as a pilot was promoted to Second Lieutenant on 6 November 1917, then to Lieutenant on 6 February 1918.

He was killed in action near Estaires on 22 May 1918, when his plane collided with another 4th Squadron plane while shooting down balloons behind the German lines. He was 25 years old.

Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

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