Leonard John CHAMBERS


CHAMBERS, Leonard John

Service Number: 2571
Enlisted: 12 April 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Crystal Brook, South Australia, 25 June 1898
Home Town: Semaphore, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 15 November 1916, aged 18 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

12 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
2 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2571, 10th Infantry Battalion
2 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2571, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Adelaide
15 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 2571, 50th Infantry Battalion

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Youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Chambers, late of Crystal Brook and Port Pirie, and now of Hart street, Glanville. Deceased took a deep interest in military matters from his boyhood, first being a member of the Port Pirie Boy Scouts and school cadets, and then of the senior cadets at Glanville. He enlisted in the A.I.F. on April 10, 1915, and left with reinforcements of the 10th Battalion on August 26 of the same year. After the evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula he was transferred to the 50th Battalion, and was sent to France. He served there until his death. Private Chambers was well liked by a large circle of friends, and at the time of his death in action was in his 19th year. His parents have a son-in-law in France at present, and another son will leave for the front shortly." - from the Adelaide Daily Herald 19 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)