Leslie Murdock McLeod BERRY

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BERRY, Leslie Murdock McLeod

Service Number: 17161
Enlisted: 1 October 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Army Medical Corps (AIF)
Born: Parkside, Unley City, South Australia, Australia , June 1894
Home Town: Mile End, City of West Torrens, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Colac, Colac Otway Shire, Victoria, Australia , 12 September 1927, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Colac General Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

1 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1
23 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, SN 17161, Army Medical Corps (AIF)
23 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, SN 17161, Army Medical Corps (AIF), HMAT Borda, Adelaide
26 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 17161, Army Medical Corps (AIF)
15 Jan 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Medically Unfit - Mitral Stenosis
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, SN 17161

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Biography contributed by Adelaide High School

Leslie Murdock McLeod Berry was born in approximately June 1894, in Parkside, South Australia, to parents Timpron Martin Berry and Millicent Hare Berry. He was the eldest of 3, and grew up with siblings, Richard, Timpron, and James.

Prior to enlistment, Leslie was a Clerk of Baptist religion, living in Mile End, South Australia, with his wife Alma Olivean Hannah Berry, and first child Leslie Timpron Peter Berry. He married Alma in 1913. While are no images of Leslie, he was allegedly 173 cm (5’8 and a ¼), with blue eyes and fair skin and hair.

In September 1915, Leslie enlisted for home service at Adelaide, South Australia, from which he was discharged on the 30th of September, the following year. He then enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in October of that year, and embarked for active service on the 23rd of June 1917, aboard the HMAT Borda A30.

In August 1917, Leslie disembarked at Plymouth, in southwest England, and the following day he marched as part of the Australian Army Medical Corps at the Parkhouse depot.  On the 2nd of October, Leslie marched as part of the Number 2 Command Depot in Weymouth.  

On the 1st of November 1917, Leslie left England due to a medical condition, Mitral Stenosis, and returned to Australia on the 30th of December.

Leslie was discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on the 15th of January 1918, due to being medically unfit.

Following this, he remained in Australia with his wife, and had two more kids, Lloyd Ralph Berry, and Richard Kenneth Berry.

Leslie passed away on the 13th of December, 1927 at age 31/32. His wife Alma lived until she was 72, and passed away on June the 2nd 1967.