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Edwin Alexander LEESE

Regimental number136
Place of birthManor Park, Essex, England
SchoolDavles Lane, Leytonstone, Essex, England
Other trainingSeafaring, Agriculture and Dairying.
Age on arrival in Australia16
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
AddressArrawatta Estate, Inverell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Mr Leese, Arrawatta Estate, Inverell, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed as probationary tradesman in Royal Scots Rgt Edinburgh.
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHolder of many Championship Medals for swimming in School contests. Held in greatest esteem by his Captain and Conrads. Met with disaster on first coming to Australia by being wrecked in the s/s "Pericles" off Cape Leeuwin. Awarded Serbian Medal at Gallipoli.
FateKilled in Action 9 January 1917
Place of death or woundingRafa, Egypt
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialKantara War Memorial Cemetery (Row F, Grave No. 380), Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Bessie LEESE, Arrawatta, Inverell, New South Wales. Native of Essex, England

Silver Medal (Serbia)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 255/4094 Pte Arthur Jackson LEESE, 6th Field Company Engineers, returned to Australia, 6 November 1918.

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