Leslie Derwent DALE

DALE, Leslie Derwent

Service Number: 7477
Enlisted: 9 October 1916, Enlisted at Claremont, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 6 January 1892
Home Town: Middleton, Tasmania
Schooling: State School, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 1 May 1918, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Le Peuplier Military Cemetery
Row A, Grave 3 Headstone inscription reads: in a distant land you're sleeping but in memory ever near, Le Peuplier Military Cemetery, Caestre, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 7477, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Claremont, Tasmania
14 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, 7477, 12th Infantry Battalion
14 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, 7477, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Sydney
1 May 1918: Involvement Private, 7477

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of George Charles Dale and Mary Ann Dale nee Tierney of Lower Longley, Tasmania.

Brother of R. Dale, Alfred Dale who returned to Australia wounded on board HT Nestor having served with the Light Horse Regiments and George Dale who returned to Australia having served with the 12 Battlaion


Mr. George Dale, of Lower Longley has received the following letter from Capt. L. E. Burt of the 12th Battalion –

I wish to express the deepest sympathy of the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of C Company, 12th Battalion, in the loss of your son No. 7477, Pte. L. D. Dale. He was very popular amongst his comrades and his loss is keenly felt. He was killed instantly by a shell and suffered no pain. He and others hit by the same shell were buried today (May 2, 1918). Capt. Chaplain Hayden conducted a most impressive burial service. The commanding officer (Lieut.-Colonel Elliott, D.S.O. ) and many officers, non-commissioned officers, and men attended the ceremony, which was conducted with military honours. The 'Last Post' was sounded over the grave. "

The Mercury 21st August 1918

Source Tasmania War Casualties website

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal