Leslie was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 5 Section, “B” Platoon. After his campaign on Timor he embarked at “BETANO” for Darwin aboard the “KURU” on 27 Sept 1942.
He transferred out of the unit and served with 35th Australian Infantry Training Battalion, 19 Nov 1942, then 26th Employment Company, 17 Apr 1943, then Reinforcement Pool. 27 Mar 1944. He joined 2/16th Infantry Battalion on 22 Oct 1944 and embarked for MOROTAI aboard "GENERAL ANDERSON" on 2 Jun 1945 and then embarked for BALIKPAPAN aboard "MANOORA" on 21 Jun 1945. He was Medevac to Australia aboard "MANUNDA" on 1 Dec 1945 and was discharged on 4 Jan 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps
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