Leslie John BROWN


BROWN, Leslie John

Service Number: 2579
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Leichhardt, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, France, 26 July 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozieres, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board, Leichhardt War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

2 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2579, 19th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
2 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2579, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
26 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2579, 4th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

Great Sydney Central Station Honour Board

Leslie John BROWN (Service Number 2579) was born on 24 August 1896 at Waverley in Sydney. He commenced working with the NSW Railways as a junior clerk I the Traffic Auditors Branch, at the age of 17, in December 1913. He remained in this role until just before his 19th birthday when he was released to join the Expeditionary Forces and enlisted on 16 August 1915 at Warwick Farm.
He left Australia through Sydney on HMAT ‘Euripides’ on 2 November 1915. He reached Tel-el-Kebir in Egypt on 14 February 1916 and was taken on the strength of the 4th Battalion and briefly served at Gallipoli for the final six weeks of that campaign. He then embarked at Alexandria and travelled to France through Marseilles. While a sea he was disciplined for insolence to a non-commissioned officer.
He was killed in action, at Pozières between 22 and 27 July 1916. Initially he was buried 3½ miles N.E of Albert but in the post-war rationalisation of cemeteries his remains were moved to Pozières British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boiselle, Picardie, France.
In 1921 his mother moved from Leichhardt to Willoughby and named her new house ‘Pozières’.
(NAA B2455-1800016)

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