Leonard Cuthbert Lucas

Leonard Cuthbert Lucas
Born(1894-11-06)6 November 1894
Townsville, Queensland
Died3 September 1978(1978-09-03) (aged 83)
St Leonards, New South Wales
AllegianceAustralia
Service/branchAustralian Army
Years of service1912–1945
RankBrigadier
Service numberDX200
Commands heldRoyal Australian Engineers, 6th Division
Royal Australian Engineers Training Centre
Battles/warsFirst World War:

Second World War:

AwardsOfficer of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches

Brigadier Leonard Cuthbert Lucas, OBE, DSO, MC, VD (6 November 1894 – 3 September 1978) was an Australian architect, public servant and Army officer. During the First World War he served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. During the Second World War he served with the 6th Division in Libya, Greece and Ceylon, and was Deputy Engineer-in-Chief at Advanced Land Headquarters, South West Pacific Area. After the war he was in charge of the construction effort supporting the Operation Totem British nuclear weapons tests in Australia in 1953.

Early life

Leonard Cuthbert Lucas was born in Townsville, Queensland, on 6 November 1894, the son of Robert Lucas, a sawmill manager, and his wife Thomasina née Cuthbert. He attended a state school in Charters Towers, where he served in the Senior Cadets. He then worked as a sugar cane cutter and then a journalist, and studied engineering at the local school of mines.[1] He joined the 2nd Infantry (Kennedy Regiment) on 1 July 1912, and was promoted to corporal and then sergeant the following year. On 24 September 1913, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant.[2]

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