Leslie Alfred Tolliday was born in Ballarat and was a Baker by trade when he enlisted in the 13th Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement on 14 July 1916 at the age of 18. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A4 Pera on 23 September 1916. In February 1917 he moved to France to join the 1st Anzac Light Horse Regiment and served until October when he was transferred to the 58th Battalion. In November he developed influenza then pleurisy, and was evacuated to the 5th Southern General Hospital in England. On New Year's Day 1918 he married 20 year old Caroline Lamb at the Portsmouth Registry Office. In April he returned to hospital to be treated for Trench Feet. From this point his record reveals several charges for being absent without leave, and he did not return to his battalion in France. He experienced another bout of influenza before returning to Australia on the Katoomba and disembarking at Melbourne on September 22nd 1919.
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