Leslie Raymond Talbot GILBERT


GILBERT, Leslie Raymond Talbot

Service Numbers: 1554, 1560
Enlisted: 22 October 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Biggleswade, Bedford, England, 27 January 1897
Home Town: Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Bristol Grammar School
Occupation: Wool-classer
Died: Died of wounds, London, England, United Kingdom, 20 January 1916, aged 18 years
Cemetery: Nunhead (All Saints) Cemetery, London England
Nunhead (All Saints) Cemetery, Nunhead Cemetery, Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Box Hill Shire of Nunawading War Memorial, Mitcham War Memorial, Ouyen War Memorial, Shire of Nunawading Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

22 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1554, Melbourne, Victoria
19 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1554, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1554, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
4 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1560, 14th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
21 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1560, 14th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (chest)
20 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1560, 14th Infantry Battalion

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Father William GILBERT and Mother Amy HALL who married on 10th October, 1888 in Brompton, Kent, England

Family were living at Henry Street, Kogarah West, NSW. at time of enlistment
(May 1920 - Amy stated that her husband had been living in WA and had had no
 contact with her and had not been supporting, her or her two young children for some time).

Brother    Reginald Wiliam G Gilbert (living at Box Hill)
Sister      Eunice Eveline F Gilbert (Box Hill)

Sister:  Madeline Dorothy Lee (nee Gilbert)

Next of kin in service:
Brother-in-law     4212   Edgar Norman Lee   (KIA Mouquet Farm, Pozieres, France, 16/8/1916)

Described on enlisting as 19 years 9 months old; single; 5' 7 1/4" tall;
10 stone 9 lbs; fresh complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair; Church of England.

21/10/1914   Completed medical in Melbourne - fit for service

22/10/1914   Enlisted in Melbourne, Victoria

18/1/1915     Commanding Officer appointed Leslie to 3rd reinforcements
                    14th Infantry Battalion, Broadmeadows Camp

19/2/1915     Embarked on board HMAT A54 Runic out of Melbourne, Victoria
                    as a Sergeant with the 3rd reinforcements, 14th Infantry Battalion

4/5/1915       Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces, Dardanelles

19/8/1918     Court Martial at Anzac - due to leaving post in trenches, without permission

21/8/1915     Wounded (severe) - gun shot wound to right side of chest
                    at Gallipoli, Dardanelles
26/8/1915     embarked for England, from Mudros, on board Franconia
9/9/1915       admitted to King George Hospital, Stamford Street, London

20/1/1916     2.20am died of gun shot wound to chest & tuberculosis had set in
                                at King George Hospital, Waterloo, London, England

24/1/1916     1.30pm from the hospital
                    3.00pm Leslie was interned at 
                                Grave No. 32163,  Square 89
                                Nunhead Cemetery
                                Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom
                    Reverend I G Byrne, officiated at the grave

20/4/1920     Sergeant Gilbert's remains were exhumed
                    reburied in Grave No.6 in the presence of a Chaplain
                    Nunhead Cemetery

His name is located at panel 72 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial Canberra, ACT.

1914-15 Star (9479); British War medal (8965); Victory medal (8922);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (308410).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  2/2/2015.  Lest we forget.