Leonard Harold (Leon) THREADER

THREADER, Leonard Harold

Service Number: 529
Enlisted: 22 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: New Cross, Kent, England, 31 March 1895
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Illness, Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, 19 January 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Row C, Grave No. 256
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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22 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 529, 31st Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 529, 31st Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Wandilla embarkation_ship_number: A62 public_note: ''
9 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 529, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 19th January…… Leonard Harold Threader was born at New Cross, Kent, England on 31st March, 1895.

A “Leon Threader” aged 18, was a passenger on the Rangatira which departed from the port of London on 6th February, 1913 bound for New Zealand. “Leon” & the other 39 passengers on his sheet had listed their country of intended future permanent residence as “N.S. Wales.” The Rangatira docked at Sydney, New South Wales on 20th March, 1913.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 22nd July, 1915 as a 20 year old, single, Labourer from Lewisham, London, England.

Private Leonard Harold Threader, Service number 529, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Wandilla (A62) on 9th November, 1915 with the 8th Infantry Brigade, 31st Infantry Battalion, “B” Company & disembarked at Suez on 7th December, 1915.
On 16th April, 1916 he reported sick at Duntroon Plateau & was admitted to 14th Field Ambulance at Ferry Post the same day – cause N.Y.D. (not yet determined). Private Threader rejoined his Battalion at Ferry Post on 23rd April, 1916.

He was A.W.L. (Absent without Leave) from 07.00 hrs on 24th April, 1916 while at Ferry Post. He forfeited 1 days’ pay & was awarded 72 hours Field Punishment No. 2 on 28th April, 1916.

Private Threader reported sick on 25th May, 1916 at Ferry Post & was admitted to 8th Field Ambulance with Chronic Bronchitis. He was discharged to his Unit the same day & rejoined his Battalion at Moascar on 27th May, 1916.

On 29th May, 1916 Private Threader was posted to Base Details at Moascar – 8th Training Battalion as he was surplus to establishment.

He embarked from Alexandria on 6th June 1916 on H.M.T. Franconia & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 16th June, 1916.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.
Private Threader was examined fit for Active Service on 21st August, 1916 at Camp 2, Lark Hill, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England.

He was reported for being Absent without Leave whilst on active service from midnight on 27th August, 1916 until 12 noon on 29th August, 1916. He was deprived of 6 days’ pay & was awarded 7 days confined to Camp with a total forfeiture of 8 days’ pay.

On 17th September, 1916 Private Threader was marched in to 5th Divisional Base Depot at Etaples, France from France. He proceeded from 5th Divisional Base Depot on 28th September, 1916 & rejoined his Battalion in the Field on 30th September, 1916.

Private Threader reported sick on 31st October, 1916. He was admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance on 31st October, 1916 then transferred to 36th Casualty Clearing Station. Private Threader was transferred to 16th Ambulance Train on 2nd November, 1916 with Trench Feet & admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital at Etaples, France. He was transferred to Calais & embarked for England on 5th November, 1916 on Hospital Ship Dieppe.

He was admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital at Oxford, England on 8th November, 1916 with Trench Feet - slight. He was discharged & transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield on 13th December, 1917. Private Threader was discharged to Furlough on 15th December, 1916 & was then to report to Perham Downs.

On 3rd January, 1917 Private Threader was marched in to No. 1 Command Depot at Perham Downs, Wiltshire, England from Furlough. He was medically classified as B1A.

Private Threader was admitted to Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England on 17th January, 1917 with Broncho Pneumonia. The Hospital Admissions form recorded “A very severe and rapid case.” Private Threader was reported to be seriously ill then on 18th January, 1917 he was reported to be dangerously ill.
Private Leonard Harold Threader died on 19th January, 1917 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Broncho Pneumonia.

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)