Leonard Clifford BORCHERS


BORCHERS, Leonard Clifford

Service Number: 10755
Enlisted: 31 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 6th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Maylands, South Australia, 25 January 1896
Home Town: Minlaton, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Minlaton Public School
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Died of wounds, Flers, France, 27 November 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

31 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 10755, Adelaide, South Australia
5 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 10755, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 10755, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Afric, Melbourne
27 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 10755, 6th Field Artillery Brigade

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Son of George Charles BORCHERS and Elizabth nee BOWEY

"...10755 Gunner Leonard Clifford Borchers, 6th Field Artillery Brigade, of Unley, SA. An apprentice carpenter prior to enlisting in September 1915, Gnr Borchers embarked from Melbourne with the 2nd Reinforcements on board HMAT Afric (A19) on 5 January 1916. After further training in Egypt, he arrived in France for service on the Western Front on 23 March 1916. On 27 November 1916 he was wounded in action by a shell explosion at Flers, France, and died at a dressing station later that day. Gnr Borchers was 19 years of age." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)


Gunner Len. Borchers, whose death from wounds was officially announced in these columns in December, was 19 years and 10 months old, and was the younger surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Borchers, of Minlaton, Y.P. Enlisting in September, 1915, he was shortly afterwards transferred to the artillery and sent to Melbourne for training. Early in January, 1916, he embarked for the front, and was in Egypt for a short period. He was amongst the first Australians to go on to France, where he arrived in March. Going straight into the firing line, he was actively engaged right up to the time of his death, serving on both the French and Belgian fronts." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 27 Jan 1917 (nla.gov.au)