Ronald Campbell LEGGETT


LEGGETT, Ronald Campbell

Service Number: SX7714
Enlisted: 3 July 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia, 29 December 1907
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Cheese Maker
Died: Died of wounds, Libya, 30 August 1941, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Tobruk War Cemetery, Tobruk
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mount Gambier War Memorial, Port MacDonnell Memorial Walk, Port MacDonnell War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Jul 1940: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
3 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN SX7714, 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion

World War 1 Service

17 Nov 1940: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN SX7714, 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion, Died of wounds 30 August 1941

World War 2 Service

17 Nov 1940: Embarked SN SX7714, 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
30 Aug 1941: Involvement Private, SN SX7714, 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Angela Leggett

Ronald Campbell Leggett, son of John Leggett and Elvina Winifred Leggett nee Orchard who resided in Moorak South Australia.

Prior to enlisting in the Army, Ronald was a Cheese Maker, at the Moorak cheese factory for twelve years. Ronald and Daphne (his wife) first lived in Mount Gambier South Australia until late 1936 when they moved to Port MacDonnell South Australia.

Ronald used to ride his bicycle from Port MacDonnell to Moorak and return every day, a round trip of just on fifty kilometres: rain, hail or shine.

Just before enlisting in the Army he bought himself a motor bike and sidecar, this must have made his days a little easier. Ronald was a keen cyclist and raced in many local events with some success.

On the 3rd. July 1940 Ronald enlisted into the Australian Infantry Forces and attached to the 2nd/ 48th, 2nd. A.I.F. on 27th August 1940.

Stationed in the Motor Pavillion, Wayville Showground, Adelaide.  Later a short stay at the Woodside Army Camp, then back to the Wayville showgrounds, then on 17th November 1940 embarked on H.M.T. Strathenden for overseas.

On 30th August 1941 Ronald was appointed  as runner for C Company, on that day battallion headquarters came in for spasmodic but accurate shelling. Ronald was moving to a sangar to take shelter when he was badly wounded. Ronald later died as a result of the shrapnel wounds to his abdomen,  left thigh, and left chest wall.