Leslie Leonard UDY

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UDY, Leslie Leonard

Service Number: 711
Enlisted: 25 February 1915, Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Uraidla, South Australia, 4 July 1892
Home Town: Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Uraidla
Occupation: Market Gardener
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 November 1916, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave. Commemorated on Australian National War Memorial France at Villers Brettoneux, France.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Crafers WW1 Memorial, Norton Summit Uraidla Methodist Sunday School Roll of Honor, Summertown Cemetery Memorial Arch Gates, Uraidla & Districts Roll of Honour 1, Uraidla War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

25 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 711, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 711, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
12 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 711, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 711, 27th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
4 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 711, 27th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt

Leslie L Udy

Les grew up in Uraidla in the Adelaide Hills area. His parents - William Henry and Magdalene (nee Ford) were market gardeners. Les was working there and locally as a farm labourer.
He was a very keen and skilled Australian Rules football player having received a gold medal for most improved player at the Uraidla Football Club.
He enlisted for WW1 and left Australia on May 31st 1915 bound for Gallipoli where he spent his 24th birthday.
He was transferred to Egypt and then to France where he was killed in action on 5th November 1916 aged 24.
He is still remembered by his nieces and nephews (and namesake Les) and great nieces and nephews.
He has no known grave but is honoured at Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneaux.

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Biography

"THE LATE PRIVATE L. L. UDY.

Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Udy, of Uraidla, that their son, Private Leslie Leonard Udy, has been  killed in action in  France. He left Australia with the 27th Battalion on May 31,  1915, went through the Gallipoli campaign, spent some time in Egypt, and was  then transferred to France. He was  a  prominent player for the Uraidla Football Club, and was presented with the  club's gold medal as the most improved  player. He spent his 24th birthday on  Gallipoli." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 23 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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