Norman William Leeson

First Name: 
Norman
Middle Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Leeson
Mother's Name: 
Elizabeth Leeson
Father's Name: 
Joseph Leeson
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, March 28, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
35th Battalion
Company: 
A
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, May 17, 1917
Place of Death: 
Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Norman William Leeson (Service No 2347) was born in Sydney, N.S.W., in 1898.

At enlistment he stated he was 22 years old, but in fact he was only 18 years old, single, worked as a milk carter and had served with the Militia. Norman listed his mother, who was a widow, as his next of kin.

Norman embarked on HMAT A30 Borda with the 35th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement, on 17th October 1916. He disembarked in England on 9th January 1917, and then went to France, arriving on 29th March 1917. Norman joined the 35th Battalion, A Company, in the field on 18th April 1917.

On 25th May 1917, he was with a working party repairing a trench when a shell exploded. Norman and 2 others were killed.

Norman is buried in Strand Military Cemetery, Belgium, Plot III, Row A, Grave 4.

In 1935, a letter arrived from a Joseph Leeson in Queensland asking for information on a son Norman.

Norman Leeson is commemorated for his service on the Corrimal Public School Monument.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, LEESON NORMAN WILLIAM

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