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Leslie John PRIMROSE

Date of birth14 May 1890
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
OccupationSchool teacher
Address8 Nolan Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Primrose, 'Como', 8 Nolan Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in 7th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces, Ballarat, Victoria.
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameAustralian Flying Corps, No 4 Squadron, C Flight
AWM Embarkation Roll number8/7/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Omrah on 17 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
FateKilled in Action 4 June 1918
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialCatenoy French National Cemetery (Grave No. 53), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Roll of Honour, Peacock Hall, Ballarat High School, Victoria. Parents: John and C.E. PRIMROSE, 95 Paxton Street, East Malvern, Victoria
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 17 January 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 27 March 1917, and marched in to Australian Flying Corps Depot, Perham Downs.

Transferred to 71st Squadron, Castle Bromwich, 2 April 1917.

On Command, 41st Reserve Squadron, Doncaster, for instruction, 13 April 1917.

On Command, course of instruction with 11th Training Squadron, Spittlegate, 5 July 1917.

Posted to 68th Squadron, Harlaxton, 23 August 1917.

Promoted Lieutenant, 12 October 1917.

Admitted to Grove Military Hospital, Tooting, 27 October 1917 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to Cobham Hall Hospital, 2 November 1917; marched out to AFC Depot, 10 November 1917.

Taken on strength, 30th Training Squadron, Fern Hill, 14 November 1917.

On Command, Central Flying School, Upavon, 9 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 February 1918; taken on strength, 2nd Squadron, AFC, 21 February 1918.

Killed in action, 4 June 1918.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2200903G, Air Mechanic C.H. PETER, 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, 20 October 1919: 'Killed during a stunt at Bresles near Beauvais. Been out on patrol and on returning was cantour [sic] chasing (flying very low) and he flew into a hill. Primrose and machine smashed up. Buried near where machine crashed. Primrose's uncle, Air Mechanic of no. 2 Squad, known as "Primmie" witnessed the burial. Informant has photo of grave with cross erected made out of an aeroplane propellor. Build about 5ft 8ins, fair, slim, professional footballer from Melbourne, Victoria.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PRIMROSE Leslie John
Red Cross File No 2200903G

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