Leslie Peter FOX


FOX, Leslie Peter

Service Number: 4474
Enlisted: 12 August 1915, in Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bowden, South Australia, Australia, December 1894
Home Town: Bowden, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, France, 25 April 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

12 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4474, 10th Infantry Battalion, in Adelaide
9 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4474, 10th Infantry Battalion
9 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4474, 10th Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
14 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 4474, 50th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm, Forehead, hand
25 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4474, 50th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Leslie Peter Fox was the son of Joseph and Martha Fox and brother of Martha fox. Fox was born in the town of Bowden, South Australia in approximately December in the year of 1894. He lived in a house located on Gibson street Bowden, South Australia. Before the war, he had the occupation of a labourer. He enlisted for the Australian Imperial Force on August 12th 1915 when he was a 20-year-old. He had no children nor was he was not married. He had brown hair and blue eyes. At the time of enlistment, he measured 5 ft 7 ¾ inches (172.085 cm) with a weight of 146 lbs. (66.2245 kg) with the religious demonination of the Church of England.

He embarked on 9/3/1916 from Adelaide on the RMS Mongolia and sailed to Egypt, where he was transferred to the 50th Battalion instantly. From there he sailed to France in June 1916. He was wounded in action on 14th August at Mouquet Farm, in the right hand and forehead. Within a fortnight he was ready to return to duty, but stayed for the moment at the depot in Etaples. Throughout 1916 he was repeatedly punished for being AWL. After a brief stint in the 4th Machine Gun Company, he was sent back to the 50th Battalion in December 1916. In February 1917 he was again taken to hospital, this time with trench foot, and only returned to his battalion on 6th October 1917, in the middle of the Third Ypres campaign.

On 25 April 1918 Leslie Peter Fox was killed in action at Villers Bretonneux. His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Villers Bretonneux Memorial. All of his possessions went to his next of kin, his sister Martha Sherrah (nee Fox).