Leslie George Harden
From Our Contribution
Army pay book photo
courtesy Joanne Graham
|Date of Birth||15 Jun 1906|
|Place of Birth||Woodford, Essex, England|
|Death||26 Nov 1984, aged 78|
|Place of Death||Carlisle, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||36 years, 10 months|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Cnr 5th road & 9th avenue, Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Diana Stephanie Harden|
|Reg Number||W62982 & WX38530|
|Date of Enlistment||8 Jun 1942 & 21 Apr 1943|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
War Medal 1939-45 |
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Electoral Roll entries: 1931 at Seventh Road, Armadale, labourer; 1936 - 1943 corner Fifth road and Ninth avenue, Armadale, labourer. On 28 April 1934, Leslie married Diana Stephana Canaletich (1910 - 2012) at St Francis Xavier Church in Armadale.
Original enlistment was part time in the CMF General Reinforcements, commencing 8 Jun 1942. On 22 Sep 1942 Leslie was mobilised full time and three days later he was sent to Northam to join the 13th Training Battalion, remaining with them until 8 Dec 1942 when he was sent to Karrakatta. On 1 Apr 1943 Leslie was transferred to the 5th Australian Tank Workshop Company which was then in the Massey Harris factory at Maylands as a Trade Group III Clerk, and on the 21st he was accepted into the 2nd AIF with a new regimental number of WX38530.
On 23 Aug 1943 he was detached to the 22nd Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery, returning to his unit on 4 Oct 1943, and then detached again three weeks later on 25 Oct 1943 to the Fortress Workshop Fremantle. On 13 Jan 1944 he was transferred to the 6th Australian Infantry Troops Workshop, but six days later he was seen by the 108th Australian Casualty Clearing Station and passed two days later to the care of the 118th Australian General Hospital. A week later on 28 Jan 1944 Leslie was transferred to the Western Command General Details Depot where he was discharged on 1 Feb 1944.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at Urch road Roleystone, orchardist; 1954 - 1980 at 130 Star street, Carlisle, salesman;