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Leslie James EELES

Regimental number404
Place of birthRaywood, Victoria
SchoolRaywood State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBaker's assistant
AddressRaywood, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Eeeles, Dingee, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the 17th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Light Horse
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on Raywood State School No 1844 Honor Roll ('Humanity called, the response was great'), Raywood Hall, Victoria. Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance.
Discharge date31 January 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 20 May 1915.

Admitted to 1st australian Casualty Clearing AStation, 9 July 1915 (pyrexia); transferred to Military Hospital, Valetta, Malta, 31 July 1915; to England, 18 August 1915, and admitted to Military Hospital, Lewisham, London SE, 26 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from England, 5 March 1916.

Taken on strength, D Squadron, 4th Light Horse Regiment, Heliopolis, 11 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 10 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 17 June 1916.

Taken on strength, 2nd Anzac Mounted Regiment, 7 July 1916.

Admitted to 3rd New Zealand Field Ambulance, 16 December 1916 (bronchitis); discharged to unit, 18 December 1916 (influenza).

Detached to Anti-Aircraft Section, 2nd Anzac Corps, 11 April 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 2 May 1917.

On leave, 21 May 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 6 June 1917.

Detached to Anti-Aircraft Section, 2nd Anzac Corps, 21 June 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 9 September 1917.

Detached to Observation Party, 2nd Anzac Corps, 3 October 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 9 October 1917.

Detached to Anti-Aircraft Section, 2nd Anzac Corps, 20 November 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 29 November 1917.

Detached to 2nd Anzac Salvage Company, 5 December 1917.

Admitted to 99th Field Ambulance, 9 December 1917 (bronchitis); transferred to 2/2 Northumbrian Field Ambulance, 11 December 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 16 December 1917.

Detached to Anti-Aircraft Section, 22nd Corps, 3 January 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 10 January 1918.

On leave to England, 14 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 29 January 1918.

Detached to Anti-Aircraft Section, 22nd Corps, 22 February 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 1 March 1918.

Wounded in action, 3 April 1918 (gas shell), and transferred to 1/2 West Riding Field Ambulance; to 2nd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 3 April 1918; to Ambulance Train, 4 April 1918, and admitted to 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimereux; to No 10 Convalescent Depot, Ecault, 11 April 1918; to 25th General Hospital, Boulogne, 12 April 1918 (scabies); to 5th Rest Camp, Boulogne, 17 April 1918; to Base Depot, 21 April 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 4 May 1918.

Admitted to 306th Field Ambulance, 31 May 1918 (influenza); transferred to 64th Casualty Clearing Station, 5 June 1918; to 55th General Hospital, Boulogne, 9 June 1918; to 7th Convalescent Camp, Boulogne, 23 June 1918 (pyrexia, unknown origin: trench fever); to Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 2 July 1918; to Base Depot, 20 July 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 9 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from Taranto, Italy, 8 October 1918; transhipped at Suez to HT 'Port Sydney; disembarked Melbourne, 2 December 1918; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 31 January 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 March 1968
Age at death72
Place of burialEaglehawk Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, EELES Leslie James

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