Leslie Norman Elkington
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||8 Mar 1899|
|Place of Birth||Kalgoorlie, Western Australia|
|Death||18 May 1955, aged 56|
|Place of Death||Subiaco, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||18 years, 3 months|
5'7½" (1.m) tall ; 142lbs|
64.41 kg; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair ; Hernia scar
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||East Cannington, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr William Henry Elkington|
|Date of Enlistment||27 Jun 1917|
|Unit/Formation||28th Battalion 22nd Reinforcements|
|Date of Embarkation||13 Mar 1918 ‒ 4 Apr 1918|
|Ship Embarked On||RMS Ormonde Fremantle to Port Suez|
|Date of Embarkation||3 Jul 1918 ‒ 16 Jul 1918|
|Ship Embarked On||SS Port Darwin Port Suez to Southampton, England|
|Date of Return||12 Jul 1919 ‒ 16 Aug 1919|
|Ship Returned On||SS City of Exeter|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
|Monument||none at present|
British War Medal |
Enlisted in Kalgoorlie. NOK lived in East Cannington.
Entered camp on 3 Jul 1917, and three days later was allocated to the No 5 District Guard as his parents had refused to give permission for him to serve overseas before his 19th birthday. On 19 Jan 1918 they cancelled this requirement. On 4 Jan 1918 he transferred to AIF training and on 21 Jan 1918 was allocated to the 22nd reinforcement for the 28th Battalion.
Enroute to England with them, he disembarked in Suez on 4 Apr 1918, and after time in the Government Hospital Suez with gastritis, from 27 Apr till 21 May 1918, he was free to resume his voyage to England. On 3 Jul 1918 he boarded the SS Port Darwin at Suez for the rest of the journey to England, disembarking in Southampton on 16 Jul 1918.
On arrival he was sent to the 5th Training Battalion at Fovant to ready himself for service in the trenches. On 9 Oct at Fovant he was AWOL from midnight 8 Oct until 9:30pm 10 Oct 1918. Admonished and forfeited 2 day's pay. On 17 Oct 1918 he travelled overseas to France through Southampton and was taken on strength by the 28th Battalion on 20 Oct 1918 in a rear area.
Leslie remained with the Battalion in France until 26 Aug 1919 when he returned to England to begin the journey home. Discharged by the 5th Military District on 11 Sep 1919.
In 1921 Leslie married Ruby Adelaide Brown in Fremantle.
Graduated from Claremont Teachers Training College in 1921. Transferred from Rockingham Beach to Jandakot school on 12 Jul 1927. Retired 28 Nov 1945.
Electoral Roll entries: 1922 - 1925 with Ruby at State School Stirling, school teacher; 1931 at Coogee, teacher; 1937 at Forrest Grove; 1949 retired at 84 Aberdeen street, Perth.
Leslie's father Mr William Henry Elkington was a member of the Gosnells Raods Board from 1914-1919.