Leonard Birdwood HATELEY

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HATELEY, Leonard Birdwood

Service Numbers: V64375, VX134973
Enlisted: 18 March 1941, Nhill, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nhill, Victoria, 3 April 1917
Home Town: Nhill, Hindmarsh, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm hand
Died: Killed in Action, Berrys Hill ,Bougainville, 9 July 1945, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Originally buried in grave 11 at Berrys Hill on the Numa Numa Trail in a battle grave - later removed to the Bomana War Cemetery Port Moresby -plot B4, Row B, Grave 10
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

18 Mar 1941: Enlisted Private, SN V64375, 7th (VIC) Battalion VDC, Nhill, Victoria
16 Feb 1943: Transferred Private, 7th (VIC) Battalion VDC, Leonard transferred out of the Militia into the regular Army
17 Feb 1943: Enlisted Private, SN VX134973, Northern Territory
18 Feb 1943: Involvement Private, SN VX134973
9 Jul 1945: Involvement Private, SN VX134973, 2nd/7th Infantry Battalion, Bougainville

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Leonard Birdwood HATELEY was born at Nhill, Victoria on 3rd April, 1917 - his birth was registered as Lenard Bainwood Hateley

His parents were William Ernest HATELEY and Hilda May JAMES

Leonard was Killed in Action on 9th July, 1945 and is buried in Bomana War Cemetery, Plot B4, Row B, Grave 10

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial and the Roll of Honour in Dimboola.