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Leo William BOOTH

Regimental number152
Place of birthCrossover, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationEngine cleaner
Address43 Reilly Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, C Booth, Crossover, Gippsland, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 65th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2502
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Australian Light Railway
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Discharge date10 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 10 August 1915 (gun shot wound, fractured right thigh); reported dangerously ill, No 5 Indian Hospital, 14 August 1915. Pronounced out of danger, 25 September 1915.

Transferred to England, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 8 October 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Plymouth on board HT 'Euripides', 24 June 1916; disembarked Melbourne, 8 August 1916; discharged, Melbourne, 21 January 1917.

Re-embarked Melbourne, 9 November 1917, on board HMAT A15 'Port Sydney' as 2302 Private, October 1917 Reinforcements; disembarked Suez, 12 December 1917.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 December 1917; disembarked Taranto, Italy, 22 December 1917; proceeded to England, and disembarked Southampton, 4 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 February 1918; taken on strength, 16th Australian Light Railway Operating Company, 26 February 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 13 June 1918; transferred same day to Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to 58th Casualty Clearing Station, 14 June 1918; discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 17 June 1918.

Detached to 1st Australian Division Light Railway Operating Company, 10 September 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 10 October 1918.

On leave to Paris, 21 February 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 9 March 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 1 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Karmala', 1 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 17 August 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 10 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 June 1953
Age at death58
Place of burialRutherglen Cemetery, Victoria

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