Frederick Archie LEONARD

Badge Number: S1572, Sub Branch: Burra
S1572

LEONARD, Frederick Archie

Service Number: 1567
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Castlemaine, Victoria Australia, 16 September 1890
Home Town: Burra, Goyder, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Iron Knob, South Australia, 30 May 1961, aged 70 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: William Creek War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

18 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1567, 9th Light Horse Regiment
18 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1567, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Trooper, SN 1567

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Biography

Frederick Archie Leonard was born on 16th September 1890, in Castlemaine, Victoria. 

He enlisted on the 4th September 1915. On the 18th of November 1915 he boarded the HMAT A2 Geelong in Adelaide on his long journey to Egypt.

He was in the Camel Corps and the 9th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement.

He was 25 years old.

Like a lot of other men (boys) he was one of the thousands of  soliders serving our country.

From Records, he suffered greatly from sickness. It wasn't easy for anyone. Some of the places He was in are Cairo, Abbassia,Serapeum.

He returned to Australia in November 1917. He was away for 2 years and 30 days.

He married in 1929 and had 4 children. He never spoke to anyone in his family about the war. He  got on with his life as a stockman and horse breaker. Some of the towns He lived in were Broken Hill NSW, Burra, South Australia and Iron Knob, South Australia.

He then enlisted on the 27th March 1942 in WW2. Even though he worked in the Stores nothing was spoken of about what he did.

I dont know about his Mum or Dad or any of his siblings. 

 He passed away in 1961, he was 71. I was 2 years old. 

I cry  tears for a man I love and am so proud of. I cry because I have No stories or memories of this man, This Man my Grandfather, the Quiet  Solider.

I will be marching in his honour on Anzac day.

Lyn SueSee

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