Walter Leonard EAST


EAST, Walter Leonard

Service Number: 474
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 7 September 1896
Home Town: Forest Range, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Gardener
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 15 May 1915, aged 18 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
II. A. 17.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Lenswood & Forest Range War Memorial, Lobethal WW1 Roll of Honor, Lobethal War Memorial, Woodside District of Onkaparinga Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 474, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 474, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide

The Burial: In Memory Of W.L.E. - Poem by Leon Gellert

William Leonard East

What task is this that so unnerves me now?
When pity should be dead, and has been dead.
Unloose that sheet from round the pierced brow;
What matter blood is seen, for blood is red,
And red’s the colour of the clammy earth.
Be not so solemn,-There’s no need to pray;
But, rather smile, - yea, laugh! If pure, thy mirth
Is right. He laughed himself but yesterday.
That pay-book? Take it from him. Ours a debt
No gold can ever pay. That cross of wood
About his neck? That must remain, and yet
He needs it no, because his heart was good.
We’ll house him ‘neath those broken shrubs; dig deep.
He’s tired. God knows, and needs a little sleep.

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Private W. L. East, who was killed in action in the Dardanelles, was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. H. East, of Forest Range, South Australia. He was 20 years and 9 months old. He was one of the first to enlist from this town. He enlisted shortly after the war broke out and sailed with the 10th Battalion of the first expeditionary force. He was a bright and manly young fellow, and was greatly respected by all who knew him." - from the Adelaide Daily Herald 14 Jul 1915 (

Two of Walter's brothers also enlisted;

4761 Pte. William Henry East (/explore/people/165388) 50th Batt. Killed in Action near Albert, France 04 Sep 1916

4760 Pte. Albert Harold East (/explore/people/365972) 50th Batt. returned to Australia with one leg amputated as a result of wounds received.