Sunday, December 4, 2016

Howard Henry Leaney

badgeaifww1Serial Number and Rank:  53476, Lance Corp.
Birth:  Croobyar 24 April 1896 1896/14173 Milton
Bap:  11 June 1896 St Peters & St Pauls CE Milton
Parents:  Francis Leaney and Alice Garrad
Enlisted:  10 December 1917
Next of Kin: F. F T Leaney, The Hutt Milton
Service:  New South Wales Reinforcement 3 and 55th Battalion
RTA October 1919
Death: 1954
Marriage:  Alice Moloney
Honour Rolls: Croobyar Public School
Milton Church of England
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial as Private

Howard Henry Leaney had been a member of the 28th Light Horse regiment of the South Coast for three year when he enlisted in December 1917. Howard was born on 24 April 1896 at Milton, son of Francis Leaney and his wife Alice nee Garrad of “The Hutt” Crooybar Road Milton.

He left for overseas service aboard RMS Osterley from Sydney in May 1918 with the rank of Private. Howard served with the 55th Battalion in France. He was also a member of the Grave Registration Detachment with the responsibility of burying those killed in action.  The 55th fought its last major battle of the war, St Quentin Canal, between 29 September and 2 October 1918 and involved British, Australian and American forces.

The progressive return of troops to Australia for discharge resulted in the 55th merging with the 53rd Battalion on 10 March 1919. Howard commenced his return home return to Australia on board HT ‘Devon’ in October 1919.

His cousins Frederick and Harry Chin also served in WW1 from Milton Ulladulla. The Leaney family were also involved with the establishment of the Milton Memorial Avenues of Trees in August 1922 being “one of the best days ever celebrated in Milton” according to the Times newspaper.

Peace Day Milton 1919His uncle was Walter Leaney the photographer, Leaney being a name of many of the historic photos of the Milton Ulladulla Region. Howard received the British war and Victory medal and he also served in WWII. Howard’s is listed on many of our local WW1 memorials:
Croobyar Public School
Milton Church of England
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial

The Leaney family who first settled in Milton in the 1850s are connected to many local families today including the Speering, Smart, Wheatley, Garrad, Warden, Ingold, Pepper, Gatehouse and many others.

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