Leonard Alfred Sawtell
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|Date of Birth||15 May 1885|
|Place of Birth||Grange, South Australia|
|Death||13 Aug 1971, aged 86|
|Place of Death||East Guildford, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||30 years, 7 months|
5'10" (1.78m) tall ; 130 lbs|
58.967 kg; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||NOK Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Sister , Mrs Margaret Kate Tilly|
|Date of Enlistment||5 Jan 1917|
|Unit/Formation||28th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement transferred to AIF HQs|
|Date of Embarkation||29 Jan 1917 ‒ 27 Mar 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A28 Miltiades|
|Date of Return||22 Jan 1920 ‒ 28 Feb 1920|
|Ship Returned On||SS Friedrichsruh|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
British War Medal |
Electoral Roll entries - 1916-1917 clerk at "Regent House" St Georges Court, Perth
Although he first signed enlistment papers on 19 Oct 1916, he does not commence training until 5 Jan 1917 and is immediately made a member of the 19th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion. He was promoted for the voyage to Lance Corporal.
On arrival in England he joined the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone as a Private to complete his training.
Entered France via Folkestone on 17 Jun 1918 after periods in British hospitals with mumps and influenza. Soon after arriving in France (2 Jul 1918) he was admitted to the 40th Stationary Hospital with periostitis (a condition that results in inflammation of the band of tissue that surrounds bones known as the periosteum) and he returned to England on 26 Aug 1918. Did not join the 28th Battalion in the field.
After recovering, he was posted to AIF HQs. Leonard returned to Australia as a member of ship's staff, before being discharged by 5th Military District on 26 May 1920.
Electoral Roll entries - 1924 "McCarthy's Hotel", Barrack street, Perth; 1925 at 130 Barrack street, Perth salesman; 1943- 1968 clerk at 49 Swan street, Guildford.
Leonard's sister's husband Arthur Tilly was a chemist living in Kelmscott 1911 - 1921.