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Lennard Lewis WADSLEY

Date of birth16 February 1890
Place of birthMoonah, Tasmania
SchoolState School, Tasmania
AddressCygnet, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Wadsley, Pendennis, Cygnet, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed for 8 years in the 93rd Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date18 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name15th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 29 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularKilled by shell shock, body not recovered.
FateKilled in Action 3 September 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name entered in correctly on Nominal Roll as Leonard Lewis WADSLEY.
Place of death or woundingMouquet Farm, Pozieres, France
Age at death26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Wright and Annie Elizabeth WADSLEY.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 52nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 21 March 1916.

Promoted Lieutenant, 19 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked, Marseille, France, 12 June 1916.

Missing, believed killed in action., 3 September 1916

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Lewis Lennard WADSLEY.
SourcesNAA: B2455, WADSLEY Lennard Lewis
Red Cross File No 2830101F

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