Leslie Spencer George FIELD (1892-1983)

9th Infantry Brigade AIF

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Private: 2301 Leslie Spencer George FIELD.


Born: 5th June 1892. Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert:1695/1892.

Married:

Wife: Evelyn Agnes Field. nee:.

Died: 6th of January 1983.

Buried: Wangaratta Cemetery, Victoria.


Father: George Field.

Mother: Ellen M Field. nee: Satcwell.

Married: 1885 Morpeth, New South Wales. Marriage Cert:5918/1885.


INFORMATION

Leslie Spencer George Field enlisted with the 4th Reinforcements 36th Battalion AIF on the 19th of May 1916 and left Sydney on board HMAT A30 "Borda" on the 17th of October 1916 and disembarked at Plymouth, England on the 9th January 1917 where he was marched in the the 9th Training Battalion No:11 at the Durrington Army Camp at Larkhill.

Whilst at Larkhill Les was committed a CRIME Durrington 29/1/17. A.W.L. from Midnight 29.1.17 to11:30am 30.1.17. AWARD 5 days Forfiet Pay by Major: Albert COOKE-RUSSELL.

Les proceeded overseas for France via Folkstone on the 5th April 1917 and went into billets before being march out to the Front and was Taken on in Strength with the 36th Battalion on the 28th April 1917.

30th April 1917.

At 4:10am enemy opened a heavy bombardment on our on our front line from RIVER LYS to LOWNDES AVENUE, being particularly heavy on left Company Sector. At this point enemy dropped a curtain of shrapnel and H.E. on Supports and Communication Trenches. S.O.S. was at once sent up. Artillery responded at once. Enemy evidently attempted to raid but did not reach our parapet. Barrage slackened at 6:35am. Enemy used light and heavy Minnewerfere togeth with all sizes of H.E. Our casualties, 5 killed, 15 wounded, including 1 Officer Lieutenant: Clarence William BODDY slightly wounded.

1st-2nd June 1917.

Had several severe shelling and several casualties. On night 2/3rd June the Battalion marched to NIEPPE.

36th Battalion War diary

Whist at NIEPPE, Les was admitted to Hospital suffering from Shell Shock and was evacuated to England onboad the Hospital Ship "Princess Elizabeth" on the 14th September where he was admitted to the 4th London General Hospital and returned to Australia for Medical Discharge suffering from Shell Shock on the 31st of October 1917. Les remained in Hospital until the 31st January 1918.

Family Information

Leslie was a 23 year old married Smelter Worker from Lake View Street, Boolaroo, New South Wales where he lived with his wife Evelyn Agnes.

Leslie's British War Medal and Victory Medals PTE 2301 L S G FIELD 36 BN AIF were donated to the collection by Mrs Joy Kelly of Sussex Inlet, New South Wales. The medals were in the possession of her father, who is deceased. It is not known how he came into possession of these medals. I can find no record of children to Leslie and Evelyn Field.


Letter received with Medals 2005.

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