Leonard Smith

Smith-LeonardName   Leonard Smith

Number     Private 3639

Battalion      22nd Battalion  

Place of Birth   Northampton England 

Next of Kin   His father, William Henry Smith of Wonyip via Toora

Date and place of enlistment   Melbourne 6/7/1915

Physical details on enlistment   Age 21 years and 3 months,

5’ 6”, 10 stone 3 pounds, brown eyes and dark brown hair,

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   Labourer

Date and place of death

He was missing in action on 26/8/1916. On the 26/11/1917 a Court of Enquiry declared he had been killed in action on 26/8/1916.

Location of grave or memorial

His name is on the memorial at Villers Bretonneux

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He enlisted in Leongatha 

Military History

  • 6/7/15 He enlisted in Leongatha
  • 5/1/16 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Afric
  • 14/3/16 He was allotted to the 24th Battalion at Zeitoun
  • 20/3/16 He embarked Alexandria
  • 27/3/16 He disembarked Marseilles
  • He received 90 days detention sentence for being absent without leave.
  • 17/8/16 He was transferred to the 22nd Battalion and his sentence was commuted to 60 days
  • 26/8/16 He was missing in action
  • 26/11/17 A Court of Enquiry declared he was killed in action on 26/8/16
  • 27/11/16 Mary Smith of Toora was granted 30/- per fortnight
  • The plaque waited in Wonyip for a while as his father had moved
  • 3/12/22 His father received the plaque
  • 13/2/23 His father received the Victory Medal
  • Mrs. Eastham of Toora wrote to the army asking for any more information about the missing soldier Leonard Smith on behalf of his mother
  • His family received his medals.

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