Leslie Charles Thomas ELSO


ELSO, Leslie Charles Thomas

Service Number: 1263
Enlisted: 12 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Yarraville, Footscray, Victoria, Australia, 18 April 1894
Home Town: Yarraville, Maribyrnong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Station Hand
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 2 May 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

12 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1263, 16th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1263, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
2 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1263, 16th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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"1288 Pte. T. W. Jones (Witness) says that ELSO was in the charge on 2nd May and had scarcely got into the firing line before he was hit by a bullet but witness cannot say whether he was wounded badly or not, but he seemed to be badly wounded. Witness asked him where he had got it, but he said "I have stopped one" but he did not say where. He could walk with rests, and flopped down beside witness, who told him to go down into the gully. Witness did not see him again, as he was shifted further round to the left. Witness says that ELSO was a sergeant." - from Leslie Elso's Service Record - P.16 (recordsearch.naa.gov.au)