LEE, Leonidas
(Service number 7169)

Aliases Leoniis; Leonidax
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 15 July 1895 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 12 September 1917 Age 22 yrs 2 mths
Address at Enlistment Brookstead, via Pittsworth, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience SeniorCadets T. A. I. A.
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr Joseph LEE (father), Brookstead, via Pittsworth, Queensland
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 150 lbs. Chest measurement 33-35 inches. Complexion medium. Eyes brown. Hair dark brown. Fit for Active Service, subject to dental attention. Innoculated.

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Force Served in Australian Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 21st Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 25 Battalion
Date 16 November 1917
Transport Canberra
Embarked From Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

14 December 1917 to ship's Hospital, sick with influenza

Post-war Occupations


Date 2 September 1918 Age 23 yrs
Place of Death
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Peronne, Somme, France
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial Wall, Timaru; Temuka War Memorial (Lee L.)?; Temuka RSA Roll of Honour (Lee L.)?

Biographical Notes

Son of Joseph and Annis (Annie) Elizabeth (nee ACKROYD) LEE. Educated at Temuka School. He was granted five days Home Leave with pay prior to embarkation, which included 18 hours of travel by train. Leonidas embarked from Sydney on 16 November 1917 per "Canberra"; he disembarked at Suez on 21 December 1917; on the trip he was admitted to the ship's hospital (Canberra) on 14 December 1917, sick with influenza; he then embarked at Port Said on 9 January 1918 and disembarked at Taranto on 20 January 1918 and at Southampton on 30 January 1918; next he proceeded overseas on 29 April 1918 to France via Folkestone, and on 30 April 1918 he was admitted from England to Etaples where he joined his unit on 4 May. Leonidas was first buried in an isolated grave in a shell hole near barbed wire at Mont St Quentin, just over one mile north of Peronne. His remains were exhumed and re-interred in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, the work being carried out with every measure of care and reverence in the presence of a Chaplain (advice dated 15 October 1919 and 8 January 1920). One package containg the effects (wallet, photos, cards) of the late No 7169 pte. L. Lee 25th Battalion was sent to his mother, Annis Elizabeth Lee in April 1919. These were the only effects recovered. In his will dated 28th February 1918 at Fovant Camp and lodged with the Officer in Charge Base Records, he bequeaths all his property to his mother. The Memorial Scroll  and a pamphlet "Where the australians Rest" were sent to his father, Joseph Lee, in 1921, the Memorial Plaque in 1922 and the Victory Medal in 1923. A photograph is included in Australian War Memorial record. It appears that Leonidas had a girlfriend (maybe fiancee) when he left for the Front. On 24th September 1918 Miss May Elsden, of Wigtown Farm, Brookland via Pittsworth, Queensland, wrote to Major J. M. McLean, requesting that all letters signed 'Your Loving girl, May' and sent to No. 7169 Private Leonidas Lee, be sent back to her or destroyed. A reply was sent stating that any found would be sent to his father and that none could be destroyed.    


Australian Imperial Force Attestation Paper (National Archives of Australia) [08 May 2014]; CWGC [07 May 2014]; Australian War Memorial - Roll of Honour ( [07 May 2014]; WWI Pictorial Roll of Queenslanders ( [07 May 2014]; Australian Imperial force - Nominal Roll ( [07 May 2014]

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