Keith Douglas MCLEOD


MCLEOD, Keith Douglas

Service Number: 178
Enlisted: 14 May 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Artificer
Last Unit: 6th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Largs Bay, South Australia, 30 November 1892
Home Town: Semaphore, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide School of Mines
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 6 July 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Berks Cemetery Extension
Berks Cemetery Extension, Wallonie, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Largs Bay St Alban's Church Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

14 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
4 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Able Seaman Driver, SN 178, 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
4 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Able Seaman Driver, SN 178, 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, HMAT Port Macquarie, Melbourne
6 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Artificer, SN 178, 6th Field Artillery Brigade

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Mr. James McLeod, of Largs Bay, was officially informed on July 29 that his son, Sergeant-Artificer Keith Douglas McLeod, was killed in action in France on July 6, Sergeant McLeod enlisted in the Naval Bridging Train, which left Adelaide in March, 1915, and proceeded to Egypt. He went through the Gallipoli campaign, and afterwards, having severed his connection with the Bridging Section, was attached to the artillery, in which he was given the rank of Sergeant-artificer. He was 22 years of age, and was a grandson of the late Professor Ralph Tate, of Adelaide. He learnt the trade of an engineer at Forwood, Down, & Co.'s establishment and the School of Mines, of which he was a student. He was well-known in yachting and rowing circles, having first come into prominence as a cox, of the Port Adelaide Rowing Club. Later he joined the Torrens Rowing Club, of which he became a stroke, and he also served as coach of the Ladies Rowing Club on the Torrens. He was a fine swimmer, and, as a member of the Semaphore Lacrosse Club, he made a name for himself in that branch of sport. He was of a genial disposition, and was respected by a very wide circle of friends. " - from the Adelaide Chronicle 05 Aug 1916 (