Leonard John Banfield

First Name: 
Leonard
Middle Name: 
John
Last Name: 
Banfield
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, July 25, 1875
Mother's Name: 
Sarah Ann Banfield (nee Bray)
Father's Name: 
John Banfield
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, June 1, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Captain
Rank at Discharge: 
Captain
Unit: 
18th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll
Date of Death: 
Sunday, August 22, 1915
Place of Death: 
'Hill 60' Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause of Death: 
Killed in Action
Details: 

Leonard John Banfield was born in Cobbity, N.S.W. in 1875. When Leonard enlisted with the AIF at the age of 39 years and 11 months, he was married with 4 children, and worked as a school teacher. Leonard's wife was Mary Bridget Banfield.

Leonard had previously served 8 years with the 1st Australian Infantry Regiment and 21st Infantry Brigade, as well as 3 1/2 years with the 2nd Regiment, N.S.W.
Leonard was appointed to the rank of Captain on 24 June 1915, 3 weeks after signing up.

He served at the Regimental Headquarters in Australia before deployment to Egypt and Gallipoli.
On 22 August 1915 Leonard was killed in action at Gallipoli, Turkey. There is no known grave for Leonard. He is commemorated at the Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 59) at Gallipoli.

Sources: 
Australian War Memorial
National Archives of Australia. NAA, N2455, BANFIELD L J
State Library of NSW.

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