Leslie John BIRKETT

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BIRKETT, Leslie John

Service Number: 376
Enlisted: 20 August 1914, Pontville, Tasmania
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Lefroy, Tasmania, 1893
Home Town: Hobart, Tasmania
Schooling: Zeehan Convent School
Occupation: Letter carrier
Died: Killed in Action, Bullecourt, France, 5 May 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hobart Postmaster-General's Department WW1 Honour Roll, Hobart Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 376, Pontville, Tasmania
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 376, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 376, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Hobart
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 376, 12th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
25 Apr 1915: Wounded Sergeant, SN 376, 12th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (knee)
18 Oct 1915: Wounded Sergeant, SN 376, 12th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, 2nd occasion - GSW (neck)
6 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 376, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
5 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 376, 12th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)

Father's Letter to Base Records Melbourne

93 Canning St
Launceston
23-1-22
To
The Officer I/C
Base Records
Melbourne

Dear Sir

My only son, the late Sergt Les. Jno. Birkett No 367 or 76 12th Battaliion Killed at Bullecourt was unfortunately for me, married, before he joined up and since his death The Widow, remarried and not knowing if she is interested in his medals or decorations sufficiently to claim them, as I have not received any thing whatever from The Authorities and have not as much as a brass button to remember him by he was my only hope in life.
I beg to put in this clim for anything of his that may be unclaimed.
I do not know anything of his widow or her whereabouts.
Yours faithfully
Jno. F. Birkett

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Father's Letter to Minister of Defence

Leslie John BIRKETT - Father's letter, 5 May 1919

Launceston
Tasmania
5-5-17
To The Honorable
The Officer I/C
Minister of Defense
Melbourne

Dear Sir

My son Pioneer Sergeant Les. Jno. Birkett No 676 12th Battaliion AIF left Hobart per SS Geelong 1914. Was at the landing at Gallipoli and twice wounded there, was at The Camp at Tel el Keber Egypt. Then in some of the big battles in France or Belgium was on H Quarters Staff for some time and was killed at Bullecourt.
I write to ask you if it is possible to have a photo of the place where he and others are buried or his grave alone. He was my only son one of Australia's best. Also to whom will his Medals, Bars, etc if any be sent as an old soldier I would like to know so they can be honoured.
His Mother does not know I am writing this but it would be some consolation to know that he was decently buried. Thanking you in anticipation.
Yours faithfully
Jno. F. Birkett
93 Canning St

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Biography

Nephew: 2666 Pte Spencer Stanley SMITH, 58th Bn, killed in action, 4 October 1917.