Leslie Cecil Maygar was born near Kilmore, Victoria, on 27 May 1868. He was farming at Euroa when he volunteered for service with the Victorian Mounted Rifles and served in the South African War.
At Geelhoutboom, on the 23 November 1901, Lieutenant Maygar galloped out and ordered men of a detachment post, which was being outflanked, to retire.
The horse of one of the men was shot when the enemy were within 200 yards, Lieutenant Maygar dismounted and lifted him on to his own horse, which bolted into boggy ground, forcing both of them to dismount.
On extricating the horse and finding that it could not carry both of them, Lieutenant Maygar again put the man on its back and told him to gallop for cover, he himself proceeding on foot, all while under very heavy fire. It was for this act that Maygar was awarded the Victoria Cross.
After the war he returned to farming and once again volunteered for military service when the First World War broke out, enlisting with the Australian Imperial Force on 20 August 1914.