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Leslie Walter Francis CLOUT

Regimental number4965
Place of birthWindsor, New South Wales
SchoolWindsor Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCatherine Street, Windsor, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 4"
Weight110 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M J Clout, Catherine Street, Windsor, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 November 1915
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death18
Age at death from cemetery records18
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 20), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Edward and Mary Jane CLOUT, George Street, Windsor, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 56th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, Ferry Post, and taken on strength, 18 May 1916.

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

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, 2347 Corporal O. EASTMAN, 59th Bn (patient, No 7 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples), 23 March 1917: 'He went over with me in the July 19th. stunt, about 5.30 p.m. in the afternoon. About 50 yards over, a shell exploded amongst us, and blew Clout literally to pieces. He was only two yards from me at the time.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLOUT Leslie Walter Francis

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