Leslie James Annesley

First Name: 
Leslie
Middle Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Annesley
Date of Birth: 
Friday, December 2, 1892
Mother's Name: 
Mary Annesley nee Flynn
Father's Name: 
James Annesley
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, May 26, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
20th Battalion
Company: 
D
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Place of Death: 
Burwood, N.S.W.
Details: 

Leslie Annesley (Service No 51) was born at Katoomba, N.S.W. and his family later moved to Woonona, N.S.W.

At enlistment Leslie was single, 23 years old, and worked as a mill worker and Leslie had served in the Cadets.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A35 Berrima with D Company, 20th Battalion, on 26th June 1915.  After arriving in Egypt he was sent on to Gallipoli with 20th Battalion, arriving on 22nd August 1915.  The battalion served at Russell Top until the evacuation.

The battalion was then sent on to France, landing on 25th March 1916.  Leslie Annesley was a band member and was working as a stretcher bearer when he was wounded in action on 5th May 1916.  He was admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance and treated for shell shock but returned to his duties on 14th May 1916.  

After surviving Pozieres Leslie went AWOL on 12th August until 23rd September.  A court martial sentenced him to 2 years hard labour but he returned to his unit on 2nd May 1917 and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 4th December 1917.

He returned to Australia in May 1919 and was discharged on 19th August 1919.

Leslie died at Burwood in 1970.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, ANNESLEY L

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