Leslie Fairbairn SANGSTER


SANGSTER, Leslie Fairbairn

Service Number: 879
Enlisted: 23 January 1917, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 2nd Divisional Signal Company
Born: Dookie, Victoria, 1896
Home Town: Hamilton, Southern Grampians, Victoria
Schooling: King Street State School, Melbourne High School & University of Melbourne
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Killed In Action, France, 18 August 1918
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery, Picardie
Grave Ref. Plot IV Row F Grave 3, Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

23 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 879, 2nd ANZAC Cyclist Battalion, Melbourne, Victoria
11 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 879, 2nd ANZAC Cyclist Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 May 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 879, 2nd ANZAC Cyclist Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne
30 Mar 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Sapper, 2nd Divisional Signal Company
18 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 879, 2nd Divisional Signal Company, "The Last Hundred Days"

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Leslie Fairbairn SANGSTER was born in 1896 in Dookie, Victoria - after finishing High School he completed his teacher training at Melbourne Universtiy and became a High School Teacher & Sports Master

His parents were William Beaton SANGSTER who came from Coplandhill, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland & Margaret Strain DAVIDSON who came from New Zealand - they had married on 9th September 1890 in the Presbyterian Manse in Brunswick, Victoria

He had 4 years previous service with the Senior Cadets before he enlisted in Melbourne on 23rd January, 1917 with the 2nd Cyclist Battalion, 10th reinforcements who embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Shropside on 11th May, 1917

On 30th March, 1918 he transferred to the 2nd Division Signal Company, Australian Engineers & became a Sapper

Leslie was Killed in Action on 18th August, 1918  at Harbonnieres when he was hit by a shell - he was first buried in Bayonvillers British Cemetery and later reinterred in Heath Cemetery

He is honoured on the Australian War Memorial and the Hamilton War Memorial in Victoria - he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Leslies grandfather John DAVIDSON who was a Scotsman was in the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War and was awarded the Queens Medal.

The photo of Leslie was a Studio Portrait taken in Victoria in 1917 and is from the Australian War Memorial Photo Collection