Leslie Arnold WATSON

Regimental number790
Date of birth5 February 1887
Place of birthDunedin, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
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
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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