Leonard Frank HOPKINS MM

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HOPKINS, Leonard Frank

Service Number: 4694
Enlisted: 20 January 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Lilllyworth, New South Wales, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Crows Nest, North Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Student Engineer (Surveyor)
Died: Pneumonia, 2nd Sth Gen. Hosp., Bristol, England, United Kingdom, 28 October 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Painswick Cemetery
Grave 1986. His name is located at panel 12 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT., Painswick Cemetery, Painswick, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Jan 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 4694, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Brisbane, Queensland
10 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 4694, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , RMS Persia, Melbourne
10 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 4694, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
25 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 4694, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
30 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4694, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
23 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 4694, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography

Eldest son of Edward Jordan Hopkins and Elizabeth Hopkins (nee _____),
living at Inverell, New South Wales.

Later moved to 11 Falcon Street, Crows Nest, NSW.
Leonard lived with his parents prior to embarking.

Next of kin in service

Brother     2109  Private Edward Lane Hopkins (1916 - 22 years old)
                 18/12/1916  Enlisted in Sydney
                 3/2/1917      Embarked from Sydney on board RMS Karmala
                                    as a Private in the December 1916 reinforcements
                 Became a Private in the 4th Light Horse Regiment
                 20/7/1919    Returned to Australia 

Previous service:   Cadet forces - Field Artillery (11 months, still serving)

Described on enlisting as 21 years 6 months old; single; 5' 9 1/2" tall;
sallow complexion; brown eyes; brown hair; Church of England

20/1/1915      enlisted in Brisbane, Queensland

12/6/1915      Commanding Officer appointed Leonard to 7th reinforcements,
                     3rd Field Arillery Brigade, Enoggera Camp, QLD

10/8/1915      embarked from Port Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Persia
                     as a Gunner with the 7th reinforcements, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade

1/10/1915      taken on strength 3rd Base Headquarters, Alexandria
                     joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces

23/3/1916      proceeded overseas to France to join British Expeditionary Forces
29/3/1916      disembarked into Marseilles, France

22/6/1917      Awarded MILITARY MEDAL

25/6/1917      transferred to 3rd (Army) Field Artillery Base Signal Sub-Section

25/6/1917      Musterd as Sapper

16/8/1917      MILITARY MEDAL - in London Gazette

11-25/10/1917   leave to England

21/1/1918      Sapper promoted to Lance Corporal, in France

15/5/1918      to be 2nd Corporal, France

30/6/1918      promoted to Corporal

23/9/1918      promoted to temporary Sergeant

11/10/1918    proceeded to England for course at AFC School

25/10/1918    sick with Pneumonia and Jaundice
                     admitted to 2nd South General Hospital, Bristol, England

28/10/1918    Died of Double Pneumonia  (received in service)
                     2nd South General Hospital, Bristol, England
                    
31/10/1918
buried in:       Painswick Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England
                     Grave No. 1986 - Private section - consecrated ground

buried by:      Chaplain Reverend A Armstrong (Church of England)

Sergeant Hopkins was accorded a full military funeral, firing partry, bugler and pallbearers
being in attendance, supplied by the Australian Flying Corps.
His coffin was drapped with the Union Jack and surmounted by several beautiful wreaths
sent by:  Miss poulton, Mr & Mrs loryman, Mr & Mrs Stokey.
The "Last Post" was sounded at the graveside, and the Rev. A Armstrong officiated.

A temporary oak cross was erected by the AIF, London.

Medals:
Military Medal; 1914/15 Star (6814); British War medal (17458); Victory medal (17390);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (354309)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  10/5/2015.  Lest we forget.

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