MORRISON, Leslie Gow

Service Number: 4229
Enlisted: 23 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia , 5 July 1893
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Prince Alfred College, and Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 16 August 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Courcelette British Cemetery, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill St. Andrews Church Honour Roll, Broken Hill War Memorial, Kent Town Prince Alfred College 'Nobly Striving, Nobly Fell' Roll of Honour, Oakbank Memorial Garden, Woodside District of Onkaparinga Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

23 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4229, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Borda embarkation_ship_number: A30 public_note: ''
11 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4229, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
16 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4229, 50th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 4229 awm_unit: 50 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-08-16

Leslie Gow Morrison

Name: Leslie Gow Morrison
Service Number: 4229
Place of Birth: Broken Hill
Date of Birth: July 1893
Place of Enlistment: Adelaide
Date of Enlistment: 23 August 1915
Age at Enlistment: 22 years 1 month
Next of Kin: Mother, Elizabeth Ann Morrison
Occupation: Farmer
Religion: Presbyterian
Rank: Private
Of the 389 “Morrison” enlistments in the 1st A.I.F. there is only one L.Morrison with even the most tenuous connection with South Australia. Therefore, I assume the L. Morrison listed on the Oakbank Memorial Roll is Leslie Gow Morrison.
Leslie left Adelaide on the HMAT A 30 Borda on 11 January 1916 and transferred from the 10th Battalion to the 50th on 26 February. He was sent to France on 12 June. On 16 August Leslie was killed in action at Mouquet Farm. His remains were interred at Courcelette British Cemetery, 5 miles north-east of Albert, France. Leslie’s personal effects were received by his father Peter Morrison of Broken Hill on 16 August 1917. Peter also received Leslie’s Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll between November 1921 and May 1923.

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Mr. P. Morrison, of Broken Hill, has been notified that his son, Pte. L. G. Morrison, had been killed in action, in France, on August 16. The deceased was born in Broken Hill, and was 22 years of age. He received his education at Prince Alfred College and Roseworthy Agricultural College. He enlisted from Oakbank, and left Australia in January last. His sterling character and unassuming disposition won him many friends." - from the Adelaide Register 25 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)