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Leslie Laurence HORNBY

Date of birth1 June 1892
Place of birthHawthorn, Victoria
SchoolSt John's Mitcham Christian Brothers College (Catholic).
Other trainingWorking mens College
OccupationFitter and turner
AddressWhitehorse Road, Mitcham, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMiss J M Hornby, Whitehorse Road, Mitcham, Victoria
Previous military service2nd Lieutenant in Yarra Borders also Collingwood area.
Enlistment date28 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name7th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion


Unit: 59th Battalion
Promotion date: 2 April 1916

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"Enlisted for active service on 8th August, 1914. Wounded at Krithen, Gallipoli on 8th May, 1915. Served in France until June, 1918. Granted six months furlough, but as his regiment had lost heavily asked to rejoin after four months." Details from Sister.
FateKilled in Action 29 September 1918
Place of death or woundingHendecourt, France
Age at death26.3
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Charles HORNBY and his wife Phoebe MACKNEY

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