Leslie James Godfrey

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Leslie James Godfrey
Godfrey Leslie James.jpg
Western Mail 27 Aug 1915 page 1s
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1893
Place of Birth Springvale, Victoria
Death not known
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Place of Death not known
Age at Enlistment 21 years, 10 months
Occupation Brickmaker
Religion Church of England
Address NOK Ashfield, New South Wales
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Elizabeth Godfrey
Military Information
Reg Number 1472
Date of Enlistment 19 Nov 1914
Rank Driver
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 2nd reinforcements, transferred to 4th Machine Gun Battalion / 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 22 Feb 1915 ‒ ? Mar 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A46 Clan McGillivray Fremantle to
Date of Return 7 Feb 1919 ‒ 21 Mar 1919
Ship Returned On SS Lancashire
Fate Wounded in Action 16 Jul 1915 at Anzac Cove
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Armadale panel)
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Received only basic training in Australia before being shipped to Egypt, where he would have had only one more month of training before landing at Anzac Cove on 2 May 1915.

He joined the 16th Battalion and fought in the offensive and counter offensive that followed. On July 5th the battalion was shipped to Imbros Island aboard the El Kalura for a break. This boat returned them to Anzac Cove in the early evening of the 10 July 1915, where they then moved up to Reserve Gully. It was here that Leslie was to fall victim of a Turkish artillery shell which caused a 'slight' wound to the back of his neck on 16 Jul 1915.

Admitted to a Military Hospital in Malta via the HMHS Sicilia on 16 Jul 1915, he returned to Egypt on the HMT Karoa leaving Malta on 12 Aug 1915.

Back on the Gallipoli Peninsula, he rejoined the 16th Battalion on 8 Oct 1915. He was again hospitalised locally for a time before again rejoining the battalion on 14 Nov 1915.

While in Egypt following the evacuation, during May 1916 Les had a brush with the law, being charged with being AWOL from midnight 8 May 1916 until 6:00am 10 May 1916. Awarded 4 day's confined to camp and the forfeiture of 2 day's pay. Leslie travelled to France from Alexandria on HMT Canada, disembarking in Marseilles on 9 Jun 1916. While waiting to join his battalion he had another run in with military authorities, being charged for Failing to comply with an order given by a superior officer, and for using abusive and threatening language to an NCO. This time he was awarded 3 day's Field Punishment No.2 (see notes). Soon after, on 16 Sep 1916 he was again in hospital, and this resulted in a reassessment of Corps and unit that he was posted to.

On 9 Mar 1916 he was classified as a driver, and posted to the 4th Machine Gun Company. On 16 Feb 1917 Leslie was admitted to the 51st General Hospital in Étaples with VD. He was discharged to base 50 days later on 6 Apr 1917.

On 18 May 1917 his records show that he was again hospitalised, and yet again while in the Machine Gun Base Depot at Camiers on 4 May 1917. Leslie returned to duty on 11 Jun 1917. On 10 Aug 1917 he was again in hospital, this time for only 10 days before he rejoined his unit on 20 Aug 1917. On 30 Aug 1917 Leslie was again hospitalised and this time he was evacuated to England on 22 Sep 1917 aboard the HS Stad Antwerpen. On arrival in England the next day, he was admitted to the Conrough Hospital in Aldershot.

On 11 Dec 1917 Leslie was AWOL and on 2 Jan 1918 declared by a Court of Inquiry to be an Illegal Absentee. Apprehended on 4 Jan 1918, he was dealt with on 26 Jan 1918. Charged with being AWOL at Sutton Veny from 11 Dec 1917 until apprehended at Bayswater on 4 Jan 1918, he was awarded 60 days detention. Sent to the Lewes Detention Barracks on 2 Feb 1918 until 15 Feb 1918. (Sentence was remitted to 20 days as with detention while waiting to be dealt with he had served a total of 80 days.) Leslie then reported to the Overseas Training Brigade at Longbridge Deverill from 26 Jan 1918 until 13 Mar 1918 when he proceeded overseas via Southampton.

Leslie rejoined the 4th Machine |Gun Battalion on 8 Apr 1918. He appears to have spent the rest of the war without blemish, before being sent back to Australian in February 1919.

Discharged at 5th Military District 20 May 1919

"L.J. Godfrey enlisted in October, 1914, as driver, and sailed 22nd February, 1915, with the 16th Battalion. Fought through the Gallipoli campaign, landing and evacuation; was wounded 5th August, 1915. Now driver in the 4th Machine Gun Section, France.[1]

Post War

He was probably in New South Wales from the 1920s to 1960s, working as a machinist or a fitter. In 1924, at 283 Belmont street, Alexandrea, Sydney when he applied for assistance from the War Service Homes Commission. March 1937 in Sydney seeking another set of medals, but in Mar 1967 he wrote from Mandurah seeking his Anzac Commemoration Medal. 1968 Electoral Roll lists him at 34 Cooper street, Mandurah; and in 1972 at 44 Symmons street, Bunbury - no occupation or partner for either entry implying single and retired.


  1. "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia. 

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