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Leslie Arnold WATSON

Regimental number790
Date of birth5 February 1887
Place of birthDunedin, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 10.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMrs W Tomlin, Willow Bridge, South Canterbury, New Zealand
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 May 1915
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date17 June 1915
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board 'Ceramic', 4 May 1915 (medically unfit); discharged (venereal disease), Sydney, 17 June 1915.

Wrote to Defence, 7 July 1971, to claim the 'Anzac Medal, and stated 'I took part in the "Gallipoli Landing" from 25th April to the [sic] December 16, 1915 - 1916.' Note on file: 'No record of Gallipoli service. Emb for Australia on SS Ceramic from Suez on 4/5/15 medically unfit.'
Date of death25 September 1974
Age at death87
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, WATSON Leslie Arnold

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