Leslie Hutchinson ROUSE

ROUSE, Leslie Hutchinson

Service Numbers: 302, V85737
Enlisted: 19 June 1940
Last Rank: Warrant Officer Class 1
Last Unit: 3rd Pioneer Battalion
Born: Fairfield Park, Melbourne, Vic., 5 September 1890
Home Town: St Kilda East, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Tramway Employee
Memorials: Poowong Great War Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

6 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 302, 3rd Pioneer Battalion
6 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 302, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne

World War 2 Service

19 Jun 1940: Enlisted SN V85737
19 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Warrant Officer Class 1, SN V85737
22 May 1944: Discharged Warrant Officer Class 1, SN V85737

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Another who slipped off quietly some time ago on the trail of the Hun is L. H. Rouse, of the East Melbourne Harriers. His brother, W. G. Rouse, who has won so many field games championships in the last twelve, years, was down from the country last week, and while on a visit to Mr John Power at Abbotsford, announced that his younger brother was in the trenches, being, at latest advices, well and fit. There are several dozen reasons why the writer would not like to be fighting for the Germans. One is that he might meet L.
H. Rouse in a bayonet charge. The photograph reproduced below, gives a good idea-of his fine physique. It was taken on the day of the last State championship meeting, in March, 1915, when he won the Shot Put with a put of 38ft. 4in., and also the Hammer later in the afternoon. Rouse did not, however, perform that afternoon up to his best efforts in practice, at which he had registered 40ft. with the weight and 110ft. with the hammer. The runner-up to Rouse in both the championships mentioned, A. D. Robertson, is also in France.