Pte
Leslie Robert Page

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1888
Place of birth:
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia, Australia

General information

Last known residence:
St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Profession:
Clerk
Religion:
Roman Catholic

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
5658
Enlistment date:
29/12/1915
Enlistment place:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 22nd Bn. (Victoria)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
02/10/1917
Place of death:
Zonnebeke Ch√Ęteau Grounds, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
29

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Leslie Robert Page, a former clerk, was born in August 1888 in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia. He was married to Emma Louisa Page. On December 29, 1915 he enlisted in Melbourne, Victoria and embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on September 25, 1916, with the 15th reinforcement of the 22nd Battalion, part of the 6th Australian Brigade of the 2nd Australian Division.

The 2nd Australian Division participated in the Battle of Broodseinde (October 4, 1917), a phase in the Third Battle of Ypres. The 22nd Battalion was part of the 6th Brigade, which attacked on the right of the divisional front. On October 2 and 3, the 22nd Battalion relieved the 23rd Battalion at the front line in Zonnebeke. During the afternoon of October 2, the Battalion suffered heavy casualties through enemy shell fire.

Leslie Robert, aged 29, was killed in action on October 2, 1917. Private Page was buried where he fell, South of Zonnebeke Lake (28.D.28.a.40.20), where his name was mentioned on a cross. His remains were not recovered or identified after the war. Leslie Robert Page has no known grave and is remembered on panel 23D of the Menin Gate Memorial.

Sources 4

22nd Battalion Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/39/26).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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6th Brigade Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/6/26).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920 (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455).
https://www.naa.gov.au/
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Unit embarkation nominal rolls, 1914-18 War (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM8).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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