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Leonard John James NEIL

Regimental number2406
Place of birthPort Albert, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFisherman
AddressBowen Street, Oakleigh, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9.5"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Neil, Bowen Street, Oakleigh, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 April 1915
Place of enlistmentFoster, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
168
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Elizabeth NEIL. Native of Port Albert, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 19 October 1915 (diarrhoea); transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 20 October 1915; to Hospital Ship 'Nevasa', 20 October 1915; transferred to Malta, and admitted to Military Hospital, Valetta, 27 October 1915; to All Saints' Hospital, 20 November 1915; to Egypt (fit), 2 December 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 7 December 1915l to Overseas Base, Cairo, 7 December 1915.

Rejoined 7th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 9 January 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of, 59th Bn, 24 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 6 July 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on file: 'Presumed Buried in No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, NEIL Leonard John James

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