Leslie Andrew SHEFFIELD


SHEFFIELD, Leslie Andrew

Service Number: 2512
Enlisted: 30 July 1915, Enlisted at Liverpool, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Newtown, New South Wales, Australia, 1899
Home Town: Newtown, Inner West, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Cattle Drover
Died: Killed in action, France, 26 July 1916
Cemetery: Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval
Plot XV111, Row Q, Grave 3 Headstone inscription reads: Adieu dear lad what need of tears or fears for you
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

30 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2512, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Liverpool, NSW
5 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2512, 17th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
5 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2512, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

At the time of death his true age was 17 years.

Son of Willliam and Susannah Sheffield of 188 Wilson Street, Newtown, NSW

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

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Ian Fletcher
Whenever I am in the vicinity of Delville Wood on the Somme, I always make a visit to the Cemetery to pay my respects to one of the youngest Lads and the only member of the 17th Battalion A.I.F. who rests there;
2512 Private Leslie Sheffield, aged 17, died of wounds he received in the bombing attack on Munster Alley on the Pozieres battlefield, 26th July 1916, he was buried on the Battlefield and was not found until 1923 then he was re-interred in Delville Wood Military Cemetery.

17th Battalion A.I.F. 'Not Forgotten'