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Leslie Ralph HOPKINS

Regimental number693
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
SchoolCentral State School, Richmond, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWindow-dresser
AddressAntree Street, Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Euphemia Hopkins, Antree Street, Malvern, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 21 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row L, Grave No. 63), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Euphemia HOPKINS, 23 Roswell Avenue, Camberwell, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 127 Sergeant Edwin Swan HOPKINS MM, 14th Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 23 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Admitted to No 14 Field Ambulance, Railhead, 10 May 1916 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to Acting Casualty Clearing Station, Ferry Post, 12 May 1916 (pyrexia of unknown origin); discharged to unit, 14 May 1916 (PUO); rejoined unit, Ferry Post, 15 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Killed in action, 21 July 1916.

Buried Eaton Hall Cemetery, Croix Blanche, by Reverend G. Cranston, no date.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsMother's address subsequently 23 Rowell Avenue Camberwell, Victoria; then, 41 Osborne Avenue, East Malvern, Victoria (17 August 1925)
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOPKINS Leslie Ralph

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