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, 1887
Home Town: Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Echuca State School and Echuca Grammar School
Occupation: Bank officer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 1 October 1916
Cemetery: Ridge Wood Military Cemetery
Plot 111, Row L, Grave 2 - Headstone reads: He gave his life for his friends
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, 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, Private, 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, SN 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)