Leslie Wilfred Grant
Serial No. 600
14th Machine Gun Company
Leslie Wilfred Grant - Information
As the war was raging, the Grant family was living in Picton. Leslie was born in Breadalbane near Goulburn, and later found work as a labourer in Picton. He enlisted in the AIF on the 10th of October 1916 at the Royal Australian Showground Camp. He trained in Sydney and with the Machine Gun Depot in Seymour. He then boarded the RMS Osterley in Melbourne on the 14th of February 1917, as a Private with the 14th Machine Gun Company.
Leslie landed in Plymouth Harbour in early April, and was marched out to the Machine Gun Training Depot in Grantham. At the beginning of July, he was transported to the Western Front in France. However, in August, he reported sick. He was evacuated to England on the 12th, to the 1st Southern General Hospital with trench fever. Consequently, his health became dilapidated, and he was invalided back to Australia on the 25th of November diagnosed with melancholia. He received a medical discharge in February 1918, and returned to his family on Railway Crescent in Picton.