Leslie Holmes BLANKSBY

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BLANKSBY, Leslie Holmes

Service Number: 3833
Enlisted: 1 March 1916, Place of Enlistment - Geelong, Victoria
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
Born: Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, 1884
Home Town: Chatswood, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: Newcastle Public, Maitland High & Sydney University
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Died: Due to exposure to the cold, Belgium, 16 March 1917
Cemetery: Poperinghe New Military Cemetery
Plot II, Row B, Grave 17
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3833, Place of Enlistment - Geelong, Victoria
6 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 10th Depot Battery
21 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sapper, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
17 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
25 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3833, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), Embarked on HMAT 'A69' Warilda from Melbourne --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '6' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Warilda embarkation_ship_number: A69 public_note: ''
16 Mar 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3833, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Leslie Holmes BLANKSBY was born in 1884 in Wollongong, NSW

His parents were James BLANKSBY and Elizabeth PENMAN who married in 1883

Leslie married Beatrice LEE in 1905 in Sydney and had 5 children, Alan, Edgar, Leonard, Ailsa & Eileen

He enlisted on 1st March, 1916 in Geelong, Victoria and was with the 2nd Tunnelling Coy /1st re-inforcements which embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Warialda on 25th May, 1916

He died of exposure to the cold after remaining with another soldier when their truck broke down

He is buried in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery - Inscription

"FOR GOD AND RIGHT AND LIBERTY,

SUCH DEATH IS IMMORTALITY"

His name was memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & he was awarded the British War Medal & the Victory Medal

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Trove - Obituary

BLANKSBY - March 16, 1917 acidentally killed somewhere in Belgium, Sergeant Leslie Holmes Blanksby, B.A. aged 33 years, late of Geelong Victoria, beloved husband of Beatrice and eldest beloved son of James & Elizabeth Blanksby of Wahroonga NSW

"WE LOVED HIM"

 

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