Leonard Alfred Sawtell

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Leonard Alfred Sawtell
Personal Information
Date of Birth 15 May 1885
Place of Birth Grange, South Australia
Death 13 Aug 1971, aged 86
Place of Death East Guildford, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 30 years, 7 months
Description 5'10" (1.78m) tall ; 130 lbs
58.967 kg
; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Motor Mechanic
Religion Church of England
Address NOK Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Sister , Mrs Margaret Kate Tilly
Military Information
Reg Number 6646
Date of Enlistment 5 Jan 1917
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement transferred to AIF HQs
Date of Embarkation 29 Jan 1917 ‒ 27 Mar 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A28 Miltiades
Date of Return 22 Jan 1920 ‒ 28 Feb 1920
Ship Returned On SS Friedrichsruhe
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument none currently
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1916-1917 clerk at "Regent House" St Georges Court, Perth

War Service

Although he first signed enlistment papers on 19 Oct 1916, he does not commence training until 5 Jan 1917 and is immediately made a member of the 19th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion. He was promoted for the voyage to Lance Corporal.

On arrival in England he joined the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone as a Private to complete his training.

Entered France via Folkestone on 17 Jun 1918 after periods in British hospitals with mumps and influenza. Soon after arriving in France (2 Jul 1918) he was admitted to the 40th Stationary Hospital with periostitis (a condition that results in inflammation of the band of tissue that surrounds bones known as the periosteum) and he returned to England on 26 Aug 1918. Did not join the 28th Battalion in the field.

After recovering, he was posted to AIF HQs. Leonard returned to Australia as a member of ship's staff, before being discharged by 5th Military District on 26 May 1920.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1924 "McCarthy's Hotel", Barrack street, Perth; 1925 at 130 Barrack street, Perth salesman; 1943- 1968 clerk at 49 Swan street, Guildford.

Leonard's sister's husband Arthur Tilly was a chemist living in Kelmscott 1911 - 1921.


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