Leonard Davidson WILSON

Badge Number: 5097, Sub Branch: Crystal Brook

WILSON, Leonard Davidson

Service Number: 5097
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Clements Gap, South Australia, 14 November 1894
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Hand
Died: Crystal Brook, South Australia, 16 August 1964, aged 69 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Crystal Brook Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Cowell Men from Franklin Harbour WW1 Roll of Honour, Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

24 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5097, 27th Infantry Battalion
24 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5097, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Bulla, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, SN 5097, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Leonard Davidson was the son of George Moore and Mary Anne (nee Davidson) Wilson of Clements Gap.

Leonard Wilson was the third son of George and Mary. He was born at Clements Gap in 1894. A farmer, Leonard was 21 years old when he enlisted on the same day as his eldest brother Peter in Adelaide, on 17 March 1916.

Leonard was appointed to 13 Reinforcements 27 Battalion and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT A45 “Bulla” on 23 June 1916 and disembarked at Plymouth on 24 August. In France he was taken on strength of 32 Battalion but 2 months later was admitted to hospital suffering from trench feet. He was invalided to England and admitted to Reading War Hospital. Leonard returned to France on 24 October 1917. On 12 April 1918, while billeted near Albert, Leonard was shot in the left upper arm but remained on duty.

Leonard embarked from England board HT “Khyber” on 31 March 1919 and disembarked in Adelaide on 9 May. He was discharged in Adelaide on 7 July 1919.

His brothers, 5098 LCpl Peter Roy Wilson, 966 Sgt Walter Broughton Wilson, and 62369 Pte Wilfred Wilson also served.