Leslie Theophilus JONES

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JONES, Leslie Theophilus

Service Number: 2152
Enlisted: 20 April 1915, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia, July 1890
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Gold Street State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: GSW to head, "Johnstone's Jolly," Lone Pine, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
The Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 29), Gallipoli, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

20 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2152, 7th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Vic.
17 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2152, 7th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
17 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2152, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
8 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2152, 7th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

The private commemoration for; - 2152 Private Leslie Theophilus Jones of Clifton Hill and Northcote, Victoria who prior to his enlistment for War Service on the 24th of April 1915 had been employed as a clerk.

Leslie was allocated to reinforcements for the 7th Battalion 1st AIF and was embarked for Egypt and further training on the 17th of June. From Egypt Leslie was shipped to Gallipoli where he was formally taken on strength with his Battalion on his arrival, and entered the trenches on the 5th of August, just prior to his Unit being committed to assist in the capture of Lone Pine.

It was during these operations that Leslie was last seen severely wounded on the 8th of August, three days after his arrival, and was last observed to be unconscious, where after he was believed to have been evacuated back to the beach to be taken on board an awaiting hospital ship.

During the course of this time Leslie was believed to have died of his wounds. Private Leslie Jones has no actually known grave, and he is instead officially commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey.

Back in Australia, Leslie’s grieving father had his son’s supreme sacrifice made during the ‘Great War’ privately commemorated at his mother’s grave within Melbourne General Cemetery, Victoria.

Leslie’s younger brother Roy, also served with the 1st AIF and died shortly after his return to Australia and is likewise buried with his mother (bio to follow in next post)

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Brother:Captain Roy Hector JONES, 24th Bn, returned to Australia, 12 May 1918 (died from the effects of service, 8 February 1921);

Cousin: 614 Pte Stanley John THOMAS, 39th Bn, killed in action, 12 October 1917.