Leslie James MOORHOUSE

MOORHOUSE, Leslie James

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 4 January 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 46th Infantry Battalion
Born: Echuca, Victoria, Australia, 1887
Home Town: Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Echuca State School and Echuca Grammar School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Bank officer
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 1 October 1916
Cemetery: Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Voormezeele, Belgium
Plot 111, Row L, Grave 2
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour Book, Echuca War Memorial, Tocumwal Memorial Hall Honour Rolls, Tocumwal War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

4 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Officer, 14th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Victoria
2 Mar 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, Promoted at the Broadmeadows Camp
17 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
5 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 14th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
8 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Officer, 14th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli, GSW (face, neck and back)
20 Jan 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Promoted at Tel-el-Kebir
3 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 46th Infantry Battalion, Transferred from the 14th Battalion to the 46th Battalion
15 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 46th Infantry Battalion, Promoted in the field
1 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 46th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Henry George and Louisa Agatha Moorhouse of 61 Manningtree Road, Hawthorn, Victoria

Prior to enlisting Leslie joined the Echuca Branch of the Bank of New South Wales on 3 December 1903 

20 June 1908 - transferred to Mansfield Branch as ledger keeper

15 August 1910 - to Urana Branch as assistant

18 October 1912 - to Head Office in  Sydney, 

26 November 1912 - to Parramatta branch as ledger keeper

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

"...Captain Leslie James Moorhouse, 46th Battalion, of Echuca, NSW. Capt Moorhouse was a ledger-keeper at the Parramatta branch of the Bank of New South Wales before enlisting on 4 January 1915. He embarked from Melbourne as a Second Lieutenant with the 5th Reinforcements, 14th Battalion on 17 April 1915. He was seriously wounded on Gallipoli on 8 August 1915, and evacuated to hospital in London. He returned to Egypt on 20 December 1915 and was transferred to the 46th Battalion. In June 1916 he was sent to France and he was promoted to the rank of Captain on 15 July 1916. He was killed in action on 1 October 1916. He and four of his men were killed by an enemy shell, shortly after their return from a successful raid on the enemy's trenches. His commanding officer wrote that he was 'always thorough and I felt that any work left in his hands would be faithfully carried out.' - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)



Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

LESLIE JAMES MOORHOUSE was born on 29th October, 1886, at Echuca, Victoria, his parents being Mr. Henry and Mrs. Louisa Agatha Moorhouse. He received his education at the State School and Grammar School, Echuca, and joined the service of the Bank at that town on 3rd December, 1903, being transferred to Mansfield as ledger-keeper on 20th June, 1908; to Urana, as assistant, on 15th August, 1910; to Head Office on 18th October, 1912; and to Parramatta, as ledger-keeper, on 26th November, 1912.

Leslie James Moorhouse enlisted as a private in the A.I.F. on 4th January, 1915, and entered the Broadmeadows Camp, Victoria, where he was eventually promoted to the rank of sergeant on 2nd March, and to second-lieutenant on 24th March, embarking with his company, the 5th Reinforcements of the 14th Battalion, 4th Brigade, from Port Melbourne, on 17th April, 1915, en route for Egypt, where he spent some three weeks.

He took part in the attacks on the Turks at Suvla Bay and Anzac, and was seriously wounded on 8th August, 1915. He was sent to a hospital in London, and on his recovery returned to Egypt on 20th December, 1915, being then transferred to the 46th Battalion on its formation in Egypt. He was on duty along the Suez Canal and at Tel-el-Kebir for five months, during which time he was promoted to the rank of first-lieutenant.

In June, 1916, he was sent to France and took part in the great Somme Push and in serious actions near Ypres. He was promoted to the rank of captain on 15th July, 1916. On the 1st of the following October Leslie James Moorhouse, together with four of his men, was killed instantaneously by an enemy shell, shortly after their return from a successful raid on the enemy’s trenches.

His temporary commanding officer, Major H. K. Denham, writing of him to Mr. Henry Moorhouse, said: —

“It is with much regret that I have to write you upon such an occasion—but feel that you would like to know that your son had done good work for King and Country and that such work had been appreciated. I am his Temporary Commanding Officer and for the last seven months have been in close touch with him and his work—he was always thorough and I felt that any work left in his hands would be faithfully carried out. He was selected for this special bit of work and played his part in a way which did him credit; the work was completed very successfully—a raid on the enemy’s trench—and after he had returned with his party to our own trench, a chance shell exploded near him, and much to our regret we found that he and four others had stepped across the line which separates the known from the unknown. It was instantaneous and without suffering—and he now lies in a quiet spot amidst several others—the spot is marked by a cross which bears his name and later on you will be able to ascertain the exact spot through the Military Authorities. I have spoken to higher authority about your son and hope his name will be mentioned in despatches. Believe me when I say that the Battalion joins with you in mourning his loss.”

Brigadier-General Duncan Glassford, commanding the 12th Australian Infantry Brigade, said: —

“I write to tell you how very sorry we were to lose your son Captain Moorhouse of the 46th Battalion, who was killed in the trenches recently. He had just taken part in a successful raid, when the enemy’s trenches were entered, and prisoners and valuable information were secured. After his return to our trenches he stayed behind the remainder of the party to complete some details, and was killed by a German shell which unfortunately breached the parapet just where he was standing, He was a very careful and thorough officer and had already made his mark and distinguished himself. I hope it may be some satisfaction to you to know that he had done so well and that he was killed doing his duty.”

Source - Bank of NSW Roll of Honour