WHITBREAD, Leslie John

Service Number: 2439
Enlisted: 8 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kapunda, South Australia, 2 February 1892
Home Town: Kapunda, Light, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: GSW left shoulder (mild) & Lobar Pneumonia, Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield, England , United Kingdom, 6 September 1916, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Sheffield (St. Michael's) Roman Catholic Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Allendale North School & District Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kapunda District Honour Board, Kapunda District WW1 Honour Roll, Kapunda Dutton Park Memorial Gardens WW1 Plaque, Kapunda and District Fallen Soldiers Monument
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World War 1 Service

8 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2439, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2439, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: RMS Mongolia embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2439, 32nd Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
5 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2439, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2439 awm_unit: 48 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-09-06
5 Aug 1916: Wounded Private, 2439, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , GSW (left shoulder)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Leslie John WHITBREAD was born on 2nd February, 1892 in Kapunda, South Australia

His parents were Alfred WHITBREAD and Elizabeth FUDGE

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 6th September…… Private Leslie John Whitbread was born in 1892 at Bagots Gap, Kapunda (near Allendale North), South Australia. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 8th September, 1915 as a 23 year old, single, Labourer from Kapunda, South Australia.

Private Whitbread embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on RMS Mongolia on 9th March, 1916 with the 8th Infantry Brigade, 32nd Infantry Battalion, 4th Reinforcements. He was taken on strength of 48th Battalion at Serapeum on 19th April, 1916 from 32nd Battalion.

Private Whitbread proceeded to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force) from Alexandria on 2nd June, 1916 on H.M.T. Caledonia & disembarked at Marseilles, France on 9th June, 1916.

Private Leslie John Whitbread was wounded in France on 5th August, 1916 & shell shock. He was admitted to 13th General Hospital at Boulogne, France on 7th August, 1916 with G.S.W. (gunshot wound/s) to left shoulder (mild). Private Whitbread embarked for England on 10th August, 1916 from Boulogne on Hospital Ship Cambria. He was admitted to Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield, England on 10th August, 1916.

Private Whitbread was reported as dangerously ill at Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield, England on 22nd August, 1916. The Hospital Admissions form recorded “Haemorrhage after removal of f.b. was stopped by plugging the wound. Eight days later pneumonia set in & was fatal on 10th day.” (Note: “f.b. “= foreign body)

Private Leslie John Whitbread died on 6th September, 1916 at Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield, England from wounds received in action in France - G.S.W. left shoulder & Lobar Pneumonia.

He was buried in St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Rivelin, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

[Private Leslie John Whitbread’s older brother – Edward Whitbread. Enlisted 8th June, 1915 as a 27 year old Labourer. Embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on 2nd September, 1915 with 10th Infantry Battalion, 8th Reinforcements. Died of wounds 25th July, 1916. Buried Puchevillers British Cemetery, France.]

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)