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Leslie Charles REIFFEL

Regimental number2022
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address61 Barkly Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 4.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMrs. C. Reiffel, 61 Barkly Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 January 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateDischarged in the United Kingdom 26 June 1919
Discharge date26 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 7th Bn, Gallipoli, 10 July 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Lemnos, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to and taken on strength, 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916.

Found guilty, 12 June 1916, of being absent without leave, 7 June 1916: awarded 20 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, france, 29 June 1916.

On leave to England, 9 January 1917.

Found guilty, 20 January 1917, of (1) refusing to show leave pass to Military Police in England; (2) striking a Military Policeman; (3) using insulting language: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Rejoined Bn from leave (under escort), 8 February 1917.

Found guilty, Field General Court Martial, 4 November 1917, of stealing goods the property of a conrade: awarded 90 days' Field Punishment No 1; sentence commuted to 90 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Marched in to No 1 AnzacField Punishment Compound, 8 November 1917.

Rejoined unit, in the field, 2 February 1918.

Absent without leave, and declared an Illegal Absentee, 18 April 1918; apprehended, 11 July 1918; rejoined unit, 19 July 1918.

Escaped from custody, and declared an Illegal Absentee, 19 July 1918.

Apprehended, 6 December 1918. Trial on charge of being absent without leave, 18 April-11 July 1918, and 19 July-6 December 1918, dispensed with: soldier to forfeit pay for periods of absence without leave.

Admitted to hospital, 6 December 1918 (venereal disease); discharged from hospital (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 104 days), 21 March 1919, and sent to Safe Custody Compound.

Found guilty, Field General Court Martial, Rouen, 14 April 1919, of committing a Civil Offence, stealing: awarded 2 years' imprisonment with hard labour.

Admitted to prison, Rouen, 3 May 1919.

Escaped custody, and declared an Illegal Absentee, 12 May 1919.

Reported in London, 1 April 1920, and discharged (demobilised) as from 26 June 1919; unexpired portion of sentence remitted as from 12 May 1919.

Automatically forfeited entitlement to war medals ('in consequence of the unsatisfactory nature of his services as a member of the A.I.F.').
SourcesNAA: B2455, REIFFEL Leslie Charles

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