Edgar Josiah Walter SLEE

SLEE, Edgar Josiah Walter

Service Numbers: 6329, W71241
Enlisted: 8 March 1915, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Volunteer Defence Corps (WA)
Born: Melrose, South Australia, 17 August 1896
Home Town: Melrose, Mount Remarkable, South Australia
Schooling: Melrose Public School
Occupation: Farm hand
Died: Natural causes, Albany, Western Australia, 1975
Cemetery: Allambie Park Cemetery, Albany, Western Australia
B Methodist 283
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Melrose Memorial Institute Honour Roll, Melrose School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

8 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6329, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
13 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6329, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Suffolk, Fremantle
13 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6329, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '12' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Suffolk embarkation_ship_number: A23 public_note: ''
11 Apr 1917: Imprisoned Bullecourt (First), Captured at Riencourt
29 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 6329, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)

World War 2 Service

4 Apr 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, W71241
4 Apr 1942: Enlisted Private, W71241, Volunteer Defence Corps (SA), Katanning, Western Australia
5 Apr 1942: Involvement Corporal, W71241, Volunteer Defence Corps (WA), Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces, 6th Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...6329 Private Edgar Josiah Walter Slee, 16th Battalion. Farm labourer prior to enlisting on 8 March 1916, ...embarked from Fremantle with the 20th Reinforcements on board HMAT Suffolk (A23) on 13 October 1916... arrived in France on 29 December 1916. Pte Edgar Slee was captured at Riencourt, France, on 11 April 1917 and was interned as a prisoner of war at Limburg, Germany. He returned to Australia in 1919..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)


Biography contributed

Edgar Josiah Walter SLEE was born in Melrose Park, South Australia on 17th August, 1896

His parents were Walter Edward SLEE & Elizabeth SARGEANT

He married Mabel Lucy KENWARD in Katanning, WA in 1922

His 2nd marriage was to Elsie May KENWARD in Katanning, WA in 1942

Edgar died in Albany, Western Australia on 18th January, 1975 and is buried in the Allambie Park Cemetery, WA


His brother Francis Charles Henry SLEE (SN 6330) also served during WW1 and died of wounds in France on 11th June, 1917

His son Allan Maxwell SLEE (SN W88040) served in the 6th Battalion of the Volunteer Defence Corps during WW2