Leslie William HORN


HORN, Leslie William

Service Numbers: 2239, 1465
Enlisted: 29 December 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cudgee, Victoria, Australia, 1892
Home Town: Cudgee, Moyne, Victoria
Schooling: Cudgee State School, Victoria; Warrnambool Academy, Victoria; Warrnambool Agriculture High School, Victoria
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Died: Wounds (thigh and shoulder), Indian General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt, 28 May 1915
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Row M, Grave 94
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Warrnambool Agricultural High School "They Died For Us" Honour Roll, Warrnambool Agricultural High School Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

29 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2239, 6th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Victoria
2 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1465, 6th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
2 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1465, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Melbourne
8 May 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2239, 6th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW to thigh and shoulder sustained during the charge at Krithia. Evacuated to the Indian General Hospital in Egypt, where he died of his wounds on 28 May 1915.
28 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2239, 6th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Charles James Horn and Emma Edith Horn of 'Wildwood' Warrnambool, Victoria

Headstone inscription reads: In the memory of the beloved son of Mr. & Mrs. Horn of Australia

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

He was a keen cricketer and had an active interest in the Young Mens' Association

Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Private Leslie William Horn, whose death from wounds received in the fighting in Gallipoli, is reported in this issue, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs C  J. Horn, of "Wildwood," North Warrnambool. He was born at Cudgee, and was only 24 years of age. He was a bright and promising lad and his good  disposition and manly qualities had won for him the warm regard and esteem of all his companions, and also of his seniors, particularly his teachers,  who had special opportunities of noting the development of his fine character. His early education was obtained at the Cudgee School, where the head  master, Mr. Fitzpatrick formed the highest opinions of him. He then attended the Warrnambool College under, Mr R Lawson, who regarded him as one of the most conscientious lads under his charge.  The late Private Horn studied at the College until it closed and he was then for a short time at the Warrnambool High School, but soon left owing to delicate health, and went on a farm for a time to gain practical experience on the land. Finding this kind of life congenial, he returned to Warrnambool restored to health, and entered as a student at the Warrnambool High School Farm, with the object  of fitting himself to work some of the land owned by his family at Cudgee.
Both during his sojourn in the country and in Warrnambool he took much interest in religious life and work. He was secretary of St. John's Young Men's  Bible Class, and also interested himself actively in the Christian Endeavor movement. He became engaged only two days before he proceeded to  Broadmeadows. He arrived at the camp on Boxing Day, and after five weeks' training left with his comrades for Egypt on 3rd February last. Owing to  the necessity for reinforcements at the Dardanelles his stay in Egypt was comparatively short. On Sunday, 21st March, he wrote to his parents stating  that on the following Wednesday he would embark with reinforcements either for France or the Dardanelles. His destination, as is now known, was the  Dardanelles, where with many other splendid young men, he has met a soldier's death. He died on Sunday, 30th May from wounds.