Leslie VOCE


VOCE, Leslie

Service Number: 2999
Enlisted: 23 December 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood, South Australia, 7 August 1898
Home Town: Athelstone, Campbelltown, South Australia
Schooling: Norwood Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 28 November 1916, aged 18 years
Cemetery: Calais Southern Cemetery, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Athelstone Memorial Hall, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Corryong War Memorial, Norwood Primary School Honour Board, Tumby Bay RSL Portrait Memorials
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World War 1 Service

23 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2999, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 2999, 32nd Infantry Battalion
11 Apr 1916: Embarked Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 2999, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
6 Nov 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2999, 32nd Infantry Training Battalion, Wounded in Action
28 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2999, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Anthony Howard

Leslie Voce was born on the 7th August, 1898 in Norwood, Adelaide, South Australia to his parents Frank and Minnie Voce. Voce was a member of the Church of Christ. He attended Norwood Public School and after completing school, Voce's occupation was a farmer. Voce's marital status was single before enlisting for war. He had previous military service on his record at an unknown location.

Leslie Voce enlisted for war on the 23rd December, 1915 in Adelaide, South Australia, joining the 32nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement. Voce's unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on the HMAT A60 Aenas on the 11th April, 1916.

Voce's war experience was not a very good one though as after embarking to Cairo, Egypt for training, Voce contracted Gastro Enteritis on 14th of June 1916 getting transferred to a hospital in Cairo, and then later getting shipped to a hospital in England. Due to his illnesses Voce did not re-join his unit until the 13th of October, 1916 in Strazeele, France on the Western Front.

Voce was later injured in Saint Sulpice, France with a serious head wound. He was originally admitted to the 18th General Hospital in Camiers then to the 35th General Hospital in Calais where he eventually died due to the wounds on the 28th of November 1916, aged 18. He is buried in the Calais Southern Cemetery.



The war for Leslie Voce was short and painful. Whilst in Egypt with his battalion he contracted gastro enteritis and was shipped to the General Hospital in Cairo and then onto England. Voce did not rejoin his unit until the 13th of October 1916. He was to receive a significant gun shot wound to the skull on 6th of November and unfortunately never recovered and died of his wounds in Calais on the 28th of November 1916 at just 18 years of age.

"...2999 Private Leslie Voce, 32nd Battalion. A farmer from Athelstone, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 6th Reinforcements from Adelaide on 11 April 1916 aboard HMAT Aeneas for Suez. Due to illness in Egypt he relocated to England before joining his battalion at Strazeele, France, on the Western Front in mid-October 1916. Pte Voce was wounded in action near Saint Sulpice, France, on 6 November 1916. He was initially evacuated to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, and then to 35th General Hospital, Calais, where he died of these wounds on 28 November 1916. Pte Voce is buried in the Calais Southern Cemetery. He was aged 18 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)