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Leslie John BASSETT

Regimental number4312
Place of birthLondon, England
SchoolLondon County Council School, England
Age on arrival in Australia31
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSteward
AddressDuntroon, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 4.5"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinErnest H Bassett, 180 Bishopsgate, London, England
Previous military serviceServed for 3 months in Queen's Cadets, England; unit disbanded.
Enlistment date20 December 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 11 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularTried to enlist four times but was rejected; was accepted on his fifth attempt, and sent to Egypt. He later went to France, and fought there in the latter half of 1917 and 1918. The physical conditions were harsh: on one occasion he remained in mud up to his armpits until found by a runner who called a rescue party. He was invalided back to England in October 1918, and died on 10 January 1919 of tuberculosis at Australian General Hospital, Harefield, Middlesex, England, and was buried in Harefield Cemetery
FateDied of disease 16 January 1919
Date of death16 January 1919
Age at death36
Age at death from cemetery records37
Place of burialCowley (St. Lawrence) Churchyard (Aust. 91), Middlesex, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry James and Sarah BASSETT, 180 Bishopsgate, London, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 9 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 18 May 1916.

Marched out to Machine Gun School, Camiers, 3 July 1916.

Taken on strength, 5th Machine Gun Company, 8 July 1916.

Transferred to 8th Brigade Headquarters, 22 December 1916.

Taken on strength, 31st Bn, 9 January 1917.

Transferred to 32nd Bn, 5 June 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 24 December 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 10 January 1918.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 23 September 1918 (strain, right thigh), and transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 42, 25 September 1918, and admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Havre; transferred to England, 27 September 1918, and admitted to Bath War Hospital, 28 September 1918.

Discharged on furlough, 24 October 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 7 November 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 20 December 1918 (lumbago); listed as 'dangerously ill (debility)', 7 January 1919.

Died of disease, Harefield, 10 January 1919 (tubercle of lung).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BASSETT Leslie John

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