Leslie Henry SMITH

Regimental number1597
Place of birthBotany, New South Wales
True NameKELSO, Norman Lincoln
Other NamesKELSO (true family name), Norman
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRhods Street, South Bolong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 10"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Ada Wilson, Napoleon Street, Botany, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 April 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 9 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 64), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Father: Norman KELSO
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 3 August 1915.

Wounded in action, 9 August 1915 (shell wound, head), and admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station.

Also reported 'wounded and missing', 9 August 1915.

Died of wounds, 9 August 1915.

Lt D.E. WEBSTER stated, 2 April 1916: 'Smith was one of my own men and I was standing next to him on Braund's Hill when he was hit in the forehead by a piece of high-explosive. He was carried down to the beach and I know he was alive all the next day, but cannot say what happened to him after that. The opinion of most of his comrades is that he died on the Hospital Ship.'

Fate determined as 'died of wounds' by Court of Enquiry held in the field near Martinpuis, France, 10 February 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Leslie Henry