Leslie George Doherty

First Name: 
Leslie
Middle Name: 
George
Last Name: 
Doherty
Mother's Name: 
Catherine Doherty (nee Morrissey)
Father's Name: 
George Doherty
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, November 27, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Pioneer Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, July 25, 1916
Place of Death: 
Poziere, France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Leslie Doherty (Service No 5082) was born in Sydney around 1890.

He married Selena Hunt in 1911 and they moved to Wollongong, N.S.W. with their family, wheere Leslie worked as a coal miner.

Leslie enlisted when he was 26 years old.  He embarked on HMAT SS Makarini with the 1st Battalion, 16th Reinforcements on 1st April 1916.  After a short stay in Egypt he was sent to France, arriving on 20th May 1916.  On 8th June 1916 Leslie was transferred to the 1st Pioneer Battalion. 

Leslie was killed in action while fighting during the Poziere campaign.   There is  no known grave for Leslie and he is commorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneaux.

A letter on file from his sister-in-law complains that his wife was not notified of his death by the authorities before she saw his death in the paper.  A letter of apology was sent.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, DOHERTY L G

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