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Walter Clarence LEESON

Regimental number2837
Place of birthSt George, Queensland
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSchool of Arts Hotel, Warwick, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5.5"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinStep-Mother, Mrs Ellen Goward, St George, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 October 1916
Place of enlistmentWarwick, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll42nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularStep-mother stated place of birth to be Coonabarabran, New South Wales.
FateDied of wounds 3 June 1918
Age at death21.11
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialCrouy British Cemetery (Plot III, Row A, Grave No. 12), Crouy-Sur-Somme, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Ellen LEESON, East Kooroon, St. George, Queensland. Native of Coonabarabran, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 22 December 1916; admitted to shuip's hospital, at sea, 1 February 1917; discharged from ship's hospital, 21 February 1917 (no further details recorded); disembarked Plymouth, England, 3 March 1917; marchec in to 11th Training Bn, 6 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 June 1917; taken on strength, 42nd Bn, in the field, 13 July 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 14 October 1917 (trench feet), and transferred to 17th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 15 October 1917, and admitted to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 15 October 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 24 October 1917; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, 4 November 1917; to No 13 Convalescent Depot, Trouville, 6 December 1917; to 3rd Australian Division Base Depot, Rouelles, 6 December 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 17 December 1917.

Wounded in action, 8 April 1918 (gun shot wound, right knee); admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 9 April 1918, and transferred to 20th Casualty Clearing Station; to No 1 South African General Hospital, Abbeville, 12 April 1918; to Ambulance Train No 23, 12 Apri9l 1918, and transferred to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 13 April 1918; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 15 April 1918; to Base Depot, Rouelles, 17 April 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 25 April 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 1 June 1918 (gun shot wound, face and neck); admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 2 June 1918; to 5th Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 3 June 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LEESON Walter Clarence

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