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Leo Dunnington SIMPSON

Regimental number297
Place of birthHyde Park, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Elizabeth Simpson, Mary Street, St Leonards, Glenelg, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 June 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 January 1919
Discharge date15 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 5 February 1916 (dislocated wrist); transferred by No 4 Hospital Train to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh, 7 February 1916; discharged to duty, 9 February 1916.

Admitted to Montazah Convalescent Depot, 14 February 1916; to Agricultural Hall, Ghezireh, 6 March 1916; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 1 April 1916; to Overseas Baser, 7 April 1916; to Details Camp, Tel el Kebir, 18 April 1916; rejoined Bn, Ferry Post, 24 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 17 July 1916 (shell shock), and admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 18 July 1916; to Ambulance Train, 19 July 1916, and admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Wimereux, 20 July 1916; transferred to England, 19 July 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 20 July 1916; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 25 August 1916.

Detached to 11th Training Bn, Durrington, 11 July 1917.

Attached for duty with Permanent Cadre of 9th Training Bn, 30 March 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 30 March 1918.

Attached to 12th Training Bn, Codford, for temporary duty, 5 June 1918.

Marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 4 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Demosthenes', 16 January 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 26 February 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 15 April 1919.

War service: 3 years 290 days (of which 3 years 103 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
Date of death25 June 1939
SourcesNAA: B2455, SIMPSON Leo Dunnington

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