Roderick James MCLEOD


MCLEOD, Roderick James

Service Numbers: 2693, 2231
Enlisted: 15 May 1916, Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: 23 March 1878, place not yet discovered
Home Town: Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in action, France, 2 April 1917, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Noreuil Australian Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Lincoln & District Honor Roll WW1, Port Lincoln Garden of Remembrance
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, SN 2693, 4th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse


15 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia

World War 1 Service

12 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2231, 50th Infantry Battalion
12 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2231, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide

Boer War Service

Date unknown: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2693, 4th Australian Commonwealth Horse (SA)

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Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Tuesday 8 May 1917


Private Roderick James McLeod, who was killed in action in France on April 2, was in his fortieth year. He was born at Port Lincoln and was well known in   various parts of the State as a member of the Survey, Police, and Irrigation Departments. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.D. McLeod, Poonindie.


Chronicle (Adelaide, SA: 1895 - 1954) Saturday 12 May 1917


Mr. and Mrs. R. D. McLeod, of Poonindie, have been officially informed that their eldest son, Private Roderick James McLeod, was killed in action in France. He was 39 years of age, was of fine physique, and extremely popular. He was one such as the country could ill afford to lose. Private McLeod was born in Port Lincoln and was educated at the school there. Later he went with his parents to Poonindie, where his father had taken up land. He joined the field service of the Survey Department at the age of 17 years, serving in turn with Messrs. Pethick, Stewart, Jones, Evans, and Graham. He was widely known on Eyre Peninsula. At 24 he enlisted for active service in the Boer war, after returning from which he was again in the service of the Survey Department. Two or three years later he left the Survey Department and joined the Mounted Police Force, He was an highly esteemed and popular officer. After some eight years in the Police Department he again joined the survey party on Cobdogia estate. From there he was appointed to a responsible position in the Irrigation Department at Moorook, from which place he enlisted for the front in April 3 last year. He embarked for Europe with reinforcement of the 50th Battalion on August 16. Toward the end of .February he entered the war zone, and received his death wound on April 8.