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Leonard Maloney was born in Ballarat and was a Labourer by trade when he enlisted in the 39th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement on 9 May 1916 at the age of 28. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916. In December 1916 he was moved to France, attached to the 39th Battalion, and served there until he was hospitalised with skin infections in November 1917. He had problems of a different kind in September 1918 when he was charged with being absent without leave and for æneglecting to obey an order given by a superior officer'. For a short period after this he was transferred to the 3rd Division Traffic Control before returning to the 39th Battalion. After hostilities ceased, he returned to Australia on the Rio Pardo, and disembarked at Adelaide on July 18th 1919.
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