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Hector McDonald McLEOD

Regimental number1716
Place of birthVictoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressNanango, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 8.5"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinFather, A. McLeod, West Wyalong, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Angus and Elizabeth McLEOD. Native of Apsley, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 3 January 1916; disembarked Suez, 31 January 1916.

Taken on strength of 31st Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 1 April 1916.

Embarkd Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on B.103: 'Buried in vicinity of Fleurbaix, Sh.36 N.W.'

Statement, Red Cross File No 1950504, 1095 Pte C.S. JAMIESON, 31st Bn (patient, Middlesex Hospital, Clacton-on-Sea, England), 27 January 1917: '[O] 20th July at Fleurbaix he saw McLeod buried and after Sergt. Wilson (No unknown) of 31st Australians saw him killed.'

Second statement, 1687 Pte G.W. CUMMINGS, A Company, 31st Bn (patient, 51st General Hospital, Etaples), 4 April 1917: 'He was my "cobber". I saw him killed at Fleurbaix on July 19th. in the charge. He fell on the way across Nomansland (sic), under m.g. fire. I saw him fall soon after we got over the parapet. I had to carry on and did not see him again.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesRed Cross file 1950504

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