The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private Leslie Oakley

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Leslie Cecil Oakley

Ancestor's date of birth: 27/07/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 29/06/1936

Cause of Death: Detail not provided.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Butcher in Warrnambool

Service Number: 403

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Melbourne

Unit: 6 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 29/04/1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): TPR, Date Effective: 18/08/1914

Murray Page: 334

Contingent: Third Australian.

Ship: Manchester Merchant or Menelaus, Date of Sailing: 16/05/1902

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 163 cm, weight 60 kg (1914), of fair complexion with bluish eyes and light brown hair.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: The 6 ACH arrived after the peace was declared.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Warrnanmbool, worked as a storeman and served as a Citizen Soldier in 20 ALH, married Gertrude Grace Donnithorne in 1910. Joined the AIF 18 August 1914. Served in 4th Light Horse Regiment at Gallipoli. Suffered from dysentry and kidney problems; spent some time in hospital in England. Was discharged 25 July 1917.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Janelle Leigh Sanders, Narre Warren North VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: great grand daughter


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