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Private: 5006 Leslie Alfred Gay DANELLS

Born: 1896. Margate, Essex, England.




Father: Alfred Danells.



Leslie Alfred Gay Danells enlisted with the 14th Reinforcements, 30th Battalion AIF on the 23rd of April 1917 and left Sydney on board HMAT A74 "Marathon" on the 10th of May 1917.

Leslie was Taken on Strength to reinforce the 35th Battalion in France.

15th June 1918

Informant; Private: 5006 Leslie DANELLS - Private: 6933 Charles William Maurice RICKS was killed whilst in his dug out. The dug out blown in on top of him by a shell. This happened whilst we were in front of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX. Sergeant: 942 Richard Patrick CAHILL tried to dig him out but did not succeed as the firing was to hot. We thought he must be killed, and we had to leave the line at the time and retire so there was no chance of him being dug out. I knew him well and we worked together in the cook house. Description Height. 5' 7". Complexion Dark. Medium Build.

HURDCOTT, England.

Leslie returned to Australia on the 18th of January 1919 onboard the "Ulysses" and was discharged from the AIF on the 1st May 1919 as Medically Unfit.

Family Information

Leslie was a single 21 year old Shop Assistant from Buchanan, N.S.W upon enlistment. His Mother Florrie Danels was his next of kin who lived at 2 Walton Road, Manor Park, Essex, England. After the War Leslie returned to live in England to live with his mother at 2 Walton Road, Manor Park, Essex. His medals were forwarded to him in 1921. In 1930 Leslie Alfred Gay Danells applied for a licence to act as a Conductor of stage Carriages within the Metropolitan Police District. He was living at 11 sixth Avenue, Monor Park.

(Australian National Archives)

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