Leslie McNeil CARRAILL


CARRAILL, Leslie McNeil

Service Number: 3780
Enlisted: 31 May 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Tungkillo, South Australia, 13 September 1896
Home Town: Kensington, South Australia
Schooling: Tungkillo Primary School & Birdwood Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Peronne, France, 3 September 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension
(III. B. 3.)
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Norwood War Memorial, Tungkillo Roll of Honor, Tungkillo War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

31 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3780, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
21 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3780, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth (A73)
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3780, 32nd Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
31 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3780, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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31/5/1916         enlisted

21/9/1916         embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide on board HMAT Commonwealth

3/9/1918          He was killed in action in France, aged 21 years.

Pte Leslie Carrail had two older brothers Stanley and Alexander who served with the AIF and were killed in action. He was the third of three brothers to enlist and the last brother to be killed.


The late Pte. L. M. Carraill was the sixth son of the late Mr. James Carraill, of William street, Kensington. He was born at Tungkillo, educated at the local school and at Birdwood, and was for some time employed in the surrounding districts. Prior to his enlistment he was in the employ of Mr. S. F. Manley. He embarked on September 21, 1916, and landed in England. After a short stay there he proceeded with the 32nd Battalion to France. He had not been long in the firing line when he became ill with pleurisy, and was invalided to England, where he had the pleasure of meeting hh brother, the late Dvr. A. L. Carraill, who was on furlough. On his recovery he was again sent to France. He fell in action on September 3, 1918, aged 21 years. He was a member of the Bowmans Methodist Bible Class and of the cricket club and literary society." - from the Adelaide Observer 16 Nov 1918 (nla.gov.au)