Leonard Albert Victor MOLLER


MOLLER, Leonard Albert Victor

Service Number: 1035
Enlisted: 8 February 1915, at Keswick
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glanville, South Australia, May 1891
Home Town: Glanville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Storeman
Died: Killed in action, France, 9 August 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Adelaide St Paul's Church Memorial Alcove, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

8 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1035, 27th Infantry Battalion, at Keswick
31 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1035, 27th Infantry Battalion
31 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1035, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
29 Jun 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1035, 27th Infantry Battalion, GSW thigh
20 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1035, 27th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road, SW hand
9 Aug 1918: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 1035, 27th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Leonard Albert Victor Moller was born in 1891, in Glanville South Australia. Leonard grew up where he was born in Glanville and became a storeman. Leonard Moller was not married and had no children. When he enlisted in the army on the 8th of March 1915, he was 5’10ft, 165lbs and 23 years old. He and the 27th battalion embarked from Australia on the 31st of May 1915 on the HMAT A2 Geelong. Leonard fought for 4 months in Gallipoli and was a part of the evacuation, but on a ship back he was sick with Jaundice (Jaundice is a condition in which the skin whites of the eyes and mucous membranes turn yellow because of a high level of bilirubin. Jaundice has many causes, including hepatitis, gallstones and tumors. Usually, it doesn’t need to be treated on adults, so that means that Leonard's case of Jaundice was severe and serious.) and was admitted to hospital in Egypt. On the 6th of March 1916 he was discharged from hospital and returned to duty with the 27th Battalion.

On the 29th of June 1916 he was wounded in action and admitted to a base hospital due to a shot in the thigh. Again, on the 18th of December 1916 he re-joined the 27th battalion and fought until the 20th of September 1917 where he was admitted to hospital for 2 days due to a hand wound. Leonard re-joined the 27th battalion and was appointed lance corporal during the Third Battle of Ypres.

On the 23rd of March 1918 he was sick to hospital with an unknown illness and spent 5 days in hospital before re-joining the battalion. The last battle Leonard Moller fought in was the battle of Amiens where on the 9th of August 1918 he was killed in action and his body was lost. He has no grave known but his name is listed amongst many others in the Villers-Bretonneux memorial in France.