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Name: William LEEMING
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: W Service No.: 828
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Westmorland. Age at Death: 32
Unit: C Company, 35th Bn Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: West Maitland, New South Wales 15th December 1915
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham
Home Address: 12 Chamberlain Street, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: Formerly of 25 North View, Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Thursday 22nd August 1918
Place of Death:
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, France, 1918. Battle of Albert, 21st 23rd August 1918.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Bray Military Cemetery, Somme, France.
Decoration and Medals: 1914-15 Star War Medal Victory Medal.
Photographs: 0
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of William and the late Jane Leeming, of 12 Chamberlain Street, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham (formerly of Clara Vale). Brothers: Joseph Wilson, Robert, and John. Sisters: Matilda, Jane Ann, Margaret, Mary, and Mabel.
Notes : William's mother, Jane, died in July 1915 as a result of an accident at Newcastle Central Station. She fell over some building materials breaking her leg. She was taken to Newcastle Infirmary where she died. William's brother, Joseph, was killed in action whilst serving with the 19th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, 25th August 1917, aged 35 years. William enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at West Maitland, New South Wales, 15th December 1915. He embarked from Sidney on board A24 Benalla, 1st May 1916. He disembarked at Plymouth, Devon, 9th July 1916. He proceeded overseas to France on 21st November 1916. He was wounded in action and admitted to hospital on 14th March 1917. He was transferred to England and admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital suffering from gunshot wounds to his forearm, and contusion. He was discharged from hospital, 14th April 1917. He was again admitted to hospital, sick, 21st August 1917. He rejoined his unit on the 13th September. He was again wounded in action and admitted to hospital, 12th October 1917. He was transferred to England and admitted to the East Sussex Hospital suffering from gunshot wounds to his arm and buttocks, 22nd October 1917. He was transferred to the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, 3rd May 1918. He was discharged from hospital on 8th May 1918 and returned to active service. It is recorded that William was killed by an enemy shell near Bray-sur-Somme
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. National Archives of Australia.
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