Leslie Norman Elkington

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Leslie Norman Elkington
Personal Information
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
Description 5'7½" (1.m) tall ; 142lbs
64.41 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair ; Hernia scar
Occupation Miner
Religion Church of England
Address East Cannington, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr William Henry Elkington
Military Information
Reg Number 7293
Date of Enlistment 27 Jun 1917
Rank Private
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
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Enlisted in Kalgoorlie. NOK lived in East Cannington.

War Service

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.

Post War

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.

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