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Leslie Raymond ARTHUR

Regimental number292
Place of birthLismore, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, Derroughby, New South Wales, and State School, Plainby, Queensland.
Address'Plainby', Crow's Nest, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 11.75"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Arthur, 'Plainby', Crow's Nest, Queensland
Previous military serviceMember for 3 years of Crows Nest Rifle Club.
Enlistment date16 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/7/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A15 Star of England on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'At the time of enlistment he was a Local Preacher on Trial in conversation with the Crows Nest Methodist Circuit. Was an active member of the Crows Nest Rifle Club & a good shot.' (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialShrapnel Valley Cemetery (Plot IV, Row D, Grave No. 9), Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Sarah ARTHUR, Plainby, Crow's Nest, Queensland. Native of Lismore, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousins: 1537 Pte Clive ARTHUR, 3rd Battalion Imperial Camel Brigade, died of wounds, 24 November 1917; 571 Pte Albert William John TALLENTIRE, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, Gallipoli, 14-15 May 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 9 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 16 June 1915 (bullet wound, shoulder).

Killed in action, 7 August 1915.

Statement, Red Cross File No 0140502C, 323 Trooper R.L. GRAYSON, B Troop, 2nd Light Horse Regiment (patient, 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, Cairo), 3 February 1916: 'Witness states that there was one man named Arthur in the 2 A.L.H. This was Leslie Arthur. He was cut almost in two at Quinn's Post on Aug 7 by machine gun fire and died almost immediately. His body was brought into the trenches by Sgt Look ... and covered with a blanket. Witness took a last look at Arthur removing the blanket from his face for the purpose. He was dead. Arthur had red hair, was about 5 ft 11 in height and came from Crow's Nest, Queensland.'

Second statement, Lt A.R. NORRIS, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 19 January 1916: 'Witness says Arthur was killed at daybreak on 7.8.15, whilst with Lieut Burge's party at Quinn's Post. His body was brought in by Tpr Thompson. Witness saw it brought down to the dressing station.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ARTHUR Leslie Raymond
Red Cross File No 0140502C

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