Service Number: 2178
Enlisted: 1 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Petersburg, South Australia, 12 June 1900
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Petersburg Public School
Occupation: Farm Hand
Died: Killed in Action, France, 4 August 1916, aged 16 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board, Prospect Roll of Honour G-Z WWI Board
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World War 1 Service

1 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2178, Keswick, South Australia
23 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2178, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: RMS Morea embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
4 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2178, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Leo Anton Kloss was born on 12 Jun 1900 and enlisted on 01 Jun 1915, aged 14 years, 11½ months old.

His elder brother 3859 Pte. John Thomas Kloss (/explore/people/350660) enlisted 3 months after Leo, while still aged only 16½ - Both boys were eventually killed in action.


Mrs. J. Kloss, of Farrant Street, Prospect, has been informed that her youngest son, Private L. A. Kloss, was killed in action in France on August 4. Private Kloss enlisted in May, 1915 and left for the front on August 26, 1915. He fought for four months on Gallipoli, and after the evacuation took part in the defence of the Suez Canal. He went to France in March last. Private Kloss was 19 years of age. A brother, Private J. T. Kloss, is in France." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 23 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)


His brother, 3859 Private John Thomas Kloss of the 50th Battalin AIF was killed in action on 19 October 1917