Leslie CLOUTEN (1896-1918)



Private: 2421 Leslie CLOUTEN.

Born: 1896. Dora Creek, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert: (No Birth Records)

Died: 5th of April 1918. . Died of Wounds Villers-Bretonneux, France.

Father: William John Clouten (18..-1934) Died Toronto, N.S.W. Death Cert:14490/1934.

Mother: Jane Clouten. nee:. (18..-1947) Died Toronto, N.S.W. Death Cert:2323/1947.


Leslie Clouten enlisted with B Company 7th Platoon, 35th Battalion on the 29th of June 1916 and left Sydney on board HMAT A11 "Ascanius" on the 25th of October 1916. Leslie was Wounded in Action on the 21st of June 1917 and evacuated to the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley, England. He received a Gun-Shot wound the the abdomen.

Leslie Died of Wounds at Villers-Bretonneux, France on the 5th of April 1918.

21st June 1918.

Informant: Corporal: 2298 Harrie CLARKE-SMITH D Coy 35th Battalion, "CLOUTEN was wounded at Villers-Bretonneux. I do not know the nature of his wounds, but I saw him in the dressing station on the 5th or 6th April. I never spoke to him as the Padre was with him at the time. He would probably be buried at the Cemetery near the railway line, Villers-Bretonneux Station. He came from N.S.W."

WEYMOUTH, England.

29th August 1918.

Informant: Private: 6880 James SCOPE Private: 2421 Leslie CLOUTEN "He was in B Company; single. He was hit by a bullet at Villers-Bretonneux about 4:30pm but in the openduring a counter attack. He died the same night at the Regimantal Aid Post, and was buried in the Cemetery there".


19th September 1918.

Informant: Private: 6882 Herbert Thomas JARRETT 35th Battalion B Company, 5th Platoon late 7th Platoon. "I saw Private Leo CLOUTEN (35th Battalion B Company, 7th Platoon) after he had been Killed by a shell on April 4th at Villers-Bretonneux, while we were making a counter attack on April 3rd. He was supposed to go out, but would not go and joined in the counter attack. He was lying on the ground when he was hit. He was buried in the Cemetery at Villers-Bretonneux the Perde told us. The ground was held.

3rd Southern General Hospital, Durham Building OXFORD.

"Clouten was a fisherman in N.S.W. before joining the army. He was slow of speech and had marks on his face. He was killed in a billet at Villers-Bretonneux about 3:00pm. Nineteen men were killed by one shell which fell on the billet. He was one of them. I saw him after he was killed. He was burried at Villers-Bretonneux. A cross was placed on his grave.

(Informant:Pte 2364 A J McCready. Convalescent Camp, Buchy near ROUEN.) 31/08/1918

Family Information

Leslie was single 22 year old Fisherman from Toronto, New South Wales upon enlistment. Leslie served with the 16th Infantry prior to enlisting with the AIF. His parents William and Jane Clouten

Leslie Clouten and a unknown soldier, Capetown, South Africa. December 1917

(Source: Gordon Bendeich. Life member of the Lake Maquraie & District Historical Society inc)

Military Records

(Australian National Archives)

Under Construction; 22/12/2006-10/04/2015.

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