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Leonard WIGNALL

Regimental number206
Date of birth21 September 1892
Place of birthSouthport, Lancashire, England
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationButcher
Address79 Milton Street, Southport, Lancashire, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinMrs A Wignall, 79 Milton Street, Southport, England
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Territorial Force, England.
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 24 September 1919
Discharge date28 February 1920
Other details

War service: embarked for Gallipoli from Alexandria, 16 May 1915.

Injured in fall-in of dugout (fractured ribs), 11 June 1915; transferred to Malta, 20 June 1915, and admitted to Floriana Hospital. Transferred to England, 18 July 1915. Admitted to Military Hospital, Hampstead, 27 July 1915. Commenced return to Egypt, 22 February 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 5 March 1916; returned to duty, 7 March 1916.

Transferred to 3rd Light Horse Brigade, 31 March 1916; to 8th Light Horse Regiment, 31 October 1916.

Marched out to Australian Mounted Division, 31 March 1918; returned from Australian Mounted Division, 29 August 1918. Appointed Lance Corporal, 3 September 1918. Appointed Acting Sergeant, 1 February 1919, whilst working in Officers' Mess; reverted to Lance Corporal while retaining rank of Acting Sergeant, 4 March 1919.

Accidentally wounded (discharge of revolver; not to blame), 22 May 1919.

On leave in England, 26 August 1919, until 9 September 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board SS 'Makara' as crew member, 24 September 1919; disembarked Brisbane, 24 December 1919; discharged, 28 February 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 January 1962
Age at death69
Place of burialBotany Cemetery, Matraville, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, WIGNALL Leonard

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