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Leslie Thomas Francis ROBBINS

Regimental number3339
Date of birth12 February 1896
Place of birthHackney, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
AddressSalop Street, North Kensington, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Robbins, Salop Street, North Kensington, South Australia
Previous military service3 yrs Senior Cadets 78th Batt 1 yr Cit Forces 79th Batt
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'At PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE, north east of ZONNEBEKE on the 12th October, 1917. For gallantry and devotion to duty. During the attack this N.C.O. at great personal risk established a post on extreme left flank of Company frontage to guard against every approach along Railway line. This action dealt effectively with a group of enemy snipers who had been posted in an infilading position further down the line in rear. He displayed a striking example to the men under him by his coolness courage and smartness in grasping different situations and placing his men in the best suitable positions. He rendered valuable assistance in organising the Garrison in original frontline after the retirement. He carried on for several hours after being wounded and had to be ordered to evacuate.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Discharge date6 June 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Field Marshall', 19 March 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 22 May 1918, for onward travel to Adelaide; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 6 June 1918.

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

Death not attributed to war service.
Date of death22 April 1937
Age at death41
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROBBINS Leslie Thomas Francis

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