Harold Leslie FLEETWOOD

FLEETWOOD, Harold Leslie

Service Numbers: 218, 446
Enlisted: 22 August 1914, at Morphettville
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 3rd Field Company Engineers
Born: Curramulka, South Australia, Australia, May 1894
Home Town: St Peters, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Memorials: Edithburgh WW2 Roll of Honor, Edithburgh War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 218, 10th Infantry Battalion, at Morphettville
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 218, 10th Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 218, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Oct 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 446, 3rd Field Company Engineers, Medical discharge

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Harold Leslie Fleetwood was born in 1894 in Curramulka, South Australia. Harold followed the religion Methodism as he was quite religious even before entering the army. Harold Leslie was a carpenter by trade. Harry enlisted in the AIF on 22 August 1914 at Morphettville and conducted preliminary training there. He embarked on the Ascanius from Outer Harbour on 20 October 1914, bound for Egypt.

Harold took part in the battle of Gallipoli. As part of the 10th Battalion he would have landed on the first day. Shortly after this he was wounded in the right shoulder and evacuated to Egypt. He rejoined his unit on 20th June.

Gallipoli was a peninsula (a piece of land surrounded by water) in Turkey. The 10th Battalion troops landed near the cove, and then ascended into Ariburnu Bridge; attempting to push inland towards the Sari Bair Range. While this push was happening, scouts from the battalion penetrated further inland than any other Australians. Within the first week of their arrival, there were many deaths and casualties; 397 deaths within a few days. 

A few weeks later, on 5 August 1915, Harold was transferred to the 3rd Field Company Engineers with the new service number 446. On 3 October he was evacuated sick to Malta and diagnosed with gastritis. From there he was transferred to Egypt and on 7 January 1916 embarked for Australia. He was medically discharged from the AIF on 25 October 1916.

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