Horatio Charles LE LIEVRE

LE LIEVRE, Horatio Charles

Service Number: 54
Enlisted: 21 April 1902
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse
Born: Red Hill, SA, 7 February 1881
Home Town: Henley Beach , City of Charles Sturt / Henley and Grange, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Short Illness, Mount Gambier, SA, 6 November 1946, aged 65 years
Cemetery: Mount Gambier Lake Terrace Cemetery
Section: M, 42
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, 54, 8th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse
21 Apr 1902: Enlisted Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Private, 54, 8th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Charles LE LIEVRE and Mary Ann nee KNIGHT, Henley Beach, SA

Eighth Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse.
Cpl. Horatio Charles LeLievre, A.C.H. is a crack rifle shot, and at the class-firing this year was the best marksman in the Machine Gun Corps, to which  he belonged, and was awarded the gold crossed-guns badge. He had for several years been a member of the corps under Capt. Cherry, who highly  recommended him for inclusion in the Eighth Battalion. Cpl. LeLievre is 22 yeans of age, the son of M.C. LeLievre, of Henley Beach Police Station, and is  an engineer by profession. He was actively connected with the literary society at Henley Beach, where he was "well known and highly esteemed.

Mr. Horatio Charles LeLievre, of Hedley Park, Mount Gambier, who died on Monday, November 4, at the age of 65 after an illness of about 10 days, was  a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Le Lievre of Red Hill, and he was born there in 1881. 
In 1900 he went to South Africa as a volunteer to fight against the Boers. He also took part against the Zulus, when their tribe revolted against the  British in 1906.
After the war in South Africa ended the late Mr. LeLievre accepted employment in the Natal railways, and worked for them until his return to South  Australia in 1910. In 1901 he was married at Durban (South Africa) to Miss Edith May Possingham, of Fullarton Estate, Adelaide, who joined him in  South Africa. Two of their children, Harold C. and Doreen, were born in South Africa. Their second daughter, Eda (Mrs. A. Sheffield), Neerim, Gippsland,  was born in South Australia. Mrs. LeLievre died about four years ago, and two and a half years ago he married Mrs. Mrs E. Sparnon, of Montacute, S.A.  His second wife survives him. His daughter Doreen died many years ago. He leaves one brother, Mr. Randolph LeLievre, Avenue Range, and seven  sisters Mrs. E. N. Calnan, Forestville; Mrs. J. Smillie, Fullarton Estate; Mrs. O. Hore, Fullarton Estate; Miss R. LeLievre, Largs Bay; Mrs. K. Stuart, Lower  Mitcham; Mrs. H. Seaman, South Wagga N.S.W.; and Mrs. B. Schmidt, Fullarton Estate.

During his residence in Mount Gambier the late Mr LeLievre took a keen interest in civic affairs and for many years was a councillor and alderman of the town council. He also was a good worker for the Mount Gambier Institute, a lay reader of Christ Church, superintendant of Christ Church Sunday  School, past master of the Mount Gambier Masonic Lodge, an active member of the R.S.L., Liberal and Country League, and a Justice of the Peace for  25 years. On his return to Australia in 1910 he joined the S.A. Railways, and was with them until he retired 31 years ago. Over 30 years of his life were spent in Mount Gambier. His remains were interred in the Mount Gambier cemetery on November 6. Archdeacon Donald Redding officiated at the grave, and Mr. W. Pearce carried out the funeral arrangements.