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Philip Augustus Henry LEECH

Regimental number71
Place of birthStoke Newington, London, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSoldier
AddressClifton Trevallyn, Launceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinFather, A F Leech, 21 Genoa Road, Anerley, London, SE, England
Previous military serviceServed in the British Army in Langberg Camp, 1896-7; Le Fleurs rebellion and native uprisings, 1897-8 (no medals); South African War, 1899-1902 (Queen's Medal & 3 Clasps, King's Medal & 2 Clasps).
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentStaff SGT MAJ
Unit name1st Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board TRANSPORT A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1915
Discharge date4 June 1915
Other details

War service: Egypt

Embarked from Sydney, 18 October 1914; disembarked Suez, 4 December 1914.

Severely reprimanded, 26 February 1915: awarded forfeiture of 3 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Ulysses', deemed 'Services no longer required/disciplinary', 22 March 1915; disembarked Melbourne, 15 April 1915 (rapid pulse); discharged Sydney, 4 June 1915 (no reason stated).

Base Records, 20 August 1925, wrote: '... returned "Medically Unfit", he resumed duty however on 3/6/15, and is recorded as having been discharged at Sydney on 4/6/15. In a communication from the Commandant, 2nd M.D., notifying the date of discharge, no reason for the termination of his service is given, although the decision of the Medical Board on 26/5/15, was to the effect that Leech be returned to Active Service.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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