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Leslie Edward Rowe was born in Ballarat, Victoria, was single and a Grocer's driver when he enlisted in the Infantry Brigade 6, Field Ambulance 6, Reinforcement 1 on 29 May 1915 at the age of 19. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 22 May 1915. In November, 1915, he was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the scalp and evacuated to hospital where he remained until his was fit to return to duty on 7 December 1915. In August 1916, whist in France, he was wounded again and admitted to the 1st General Hospital. According to his records the remainder of this tour was completed without further major incident, illness or injury, and he returned home to Australia aboard the Kashmir on 28 March 1919.
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