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Leo James Laws


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Serial No. 588

Machine Gun Reinforcements


Leo James Laws - Information

As the war was raging, Leo was working as an upholsterer and living at 100 Rochester St, in Erskineville with his wife Lily. Leo was born in Campbelltown in 1889. In 1916, his younger brother, Ernest, whom was a priest, joined the AIF. An inspiration, Leo then enlisted in Sydney on the 5th of February 1917, when he was 28 years old. He trained at the Royal Showground Camp, where he was placed as a Private with the Machine Gun Reinforcements. He was then stationed to Seymour Camp in Victoria for further training, when he was struck ill. A medical examination uncovered a long history of chronic kidney disease. Consequently, Leo was given a medical discharge on the 8th of August 1917, and returned home to his family.