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Leslie William Roy WARNER

Regimental number584
Date of birth1895
Place of birthView Street, Annandale, New South Wales
Place of birthSydney
SchoolFort Street Public School, New South Wales; Annandale and Glebe Public Schools
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSalesman
AddressAnnandale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Joseph H Warner, 175 Trafalgar Street, Annandale, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name34th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 8 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death21
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row C, Grave 103), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
124
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph Hardman and Annie WARNER.
Family/military connectionsCousin to Robert Stanley Taylor killed at Gallipoli and Robert Harold Taylor killed at Warneton, Belgium.
Other detailsLeft school at the age of 14 1/2 years and was employed by Messrs Fairfax and Roberts, leading jewellers, in Sydney, where he made rapid progress, and, possessing marked ability in art, he became valuable as a jewellery designer. Being a keen military enthusiast, at the age of 18 he had attained his 1st lieutenancy in the Militia forces and it was just at this time that war broke out; but his parents would not consent to his enlisting, he being too young. However, the call was too strong, and at the age of 20 1/2 years, after having acted as drill instructor for three months, he resigned his commission and enlisted as a private with his men, who sailed from Australia in May 1916. They naturally admired him on this account. His good services were quickly recognised, and shortly after his arrival in England he was granted a commission. When the battalion moved across to France, he was chosen as scout officer, and did good work in this capacity, gaining the entire confidence of the men under his command by his pluck and brave deeds. he resigned his position to take part in the battle of Messines, where he was mortally wounded shortly after the hop-over on 7 June 1917, and died on the 8th.
Date of death8 June 1917

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