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Leslie Forbes Small

Lance Sergeant

Serial No:
Serial No. 19358

7th Field Artillery Brigade &3rd Divisional Ammunition Column


Leslie Forbes Small - Information

Leslie Forbes was born in Camden on the 30th of January 1894 to David James and Amelia Small. He grew up in the area, before the family relocated to Walker St in Casino. Shortly after the war began, Leslie’s older brother, David James, enlisted in the AIF with their uncle, Hector Small, and left for war. The following year, the Smalls moved again to Grenfell. Here, Leslie found work as a saddler, having completed a 4 year apprenticeship with W. Chaupt in Qurindi and served in the Citizen Forces. Leslie then decided to sign up, volunteering in Holsworthy on the 4th of September 1915, aged 21. During training, Leslie was assigned to the 7th Field Artillery Brigade as a Gunner. He was then shipped overseas onboard the HMAT Argyllshire, which sailed from Sydney on the 11th of May 1916.

Leslie stepped off the ship at Devonport, England in early July. He underwent further training, and was promoted to Saddler Sergeant on the 26th of July. He was then transferred to the 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column in late August. On the 24th of October, he was promoted to Lance Sergeant, but asked to be reverted to Saddler. A month later, he was transported to France. Leslie and his unit provided necessary armaments to artillery units for operations along the front. The need for shells was never-ending. The development of creeping barrage tactics saved the lives of many troops advancing into No Man’s Land. After the war ended, Leslie was detached to the 5th Motor Transport Company in March 1919. The following month, he was transported to England, and proceeded to Australia onboard the HMAT Borda. Leslie returned home to his family and reunited with his brother David James.