Leighton Llewellwyn BAYLISS


BAYLISS, Leighton Llewellwyn

Service Number: VX3382
Enlisted: 8 November 1939, South Melbourne
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd/7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, 22 July 1913
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Deniliquin
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, Crete, Crete, Greece, 20 September 1941, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece
War Cemetery Memorial, Athens Memorial, Athens, Greece
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN VX3382, 2nd/7th Infantry Battalion
8 Nov 1939: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Sergeant, SN VX3382, 2nd/7th Infantry Battalion, South Melbourne
8 Nov 1939: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN VX3382, 2nd/7th Infantry Battalion
20 Sep 1941: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Sergeant, SN VX3382, 2nd/7th Infantry Battalion, "Operation Lustre" Greece 1941

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Leighton was born as Leigh William Llewellyn BAYLISS on 22nd July, 1913 in Deniliquin, New South Wales

His parents were Phillip James BAYLISS & Evelyn Harriet LLEWELLYN who married in Deniliquin in 1908

Leighton married Joyce Culvenor PURTON in Victoria in 1939

He was living in Fairfield in Melbourne, Victoria when he enlisted with the Australian Army on 8th November, 1939

He died while defending the Island of Crete against the German land & airborne invasion on 20th September, 1941 - death was presumed - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial and Phaleron War Cemetery Memorial in Athens, Greece & the Roll of Honour in Heidleberg, Victoria


His father Phillip James BAYLISS first served in the Boer War (SN2795) and then as a Lieutenant in WW1 and was discharged from duty in 1920

His brother Phillip Arthur BAYLISS served in WW2 (SN 377638) & (SN VX66675) & was discharged in 1945