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Leonard George WALL

Regimental number200
Place of birthWhyte, Yarcowie, South Australia
SchoolWhyte Public School, South Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationShoeing smith
AddressOrroroo, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8"
Weight175 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jessie Wall, Orroroo, South Australia
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingBattle of Fromelles, France
Age at death27.9
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 6), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
121
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Mrs Jessie WALL.
Family/military connectionsCousins: 1780 Pte Albert Percy MEADOWS, 10th Bn, died of wounds, 26 July 1916; [?] 3680 Sapper William Henry BAKER, 13th Field Company Engineers, returned to Australia, 5 April 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 12 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2840304: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 53 Lance Corporal M.M. BROWN, A Company, 32nd Bn, 7 February 1917: 'After the fight at Fromelles on the date mentioned [20 July 1916] I was told by my chum Cpl. Atkinson of my section[,] No. 10 Section, 3 Pl., A Co, that he[,] Blacksell and Wall were all charging together when a shell burst and killed Wall and Blacksell instantly without touching himself and that he had had a wonderful escape. This happened within a few yards of our trench, just after they had gone over the parapet.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WALL Leonard George
Red Cross file 2840304

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