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Leslie Victor Gilbert, born in Ballarat, was a tailor by trade at the time of his enlistment on the 9th of March 1916. At 22 years of age, Leslie and his unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on the 27th of May 1916.
He was promoted five times in two years, on the 19th of August 1916 he was promoted to Lance Corporal. In January, April, June and July of 1917 he was promoted and given the ranks of Temporary Corporal, Corporal, Temporary Sergeant, and finally Sergeant.
Leslie was wounded in action on the 4th of October 1917 with a severe gunshot wound to his left arm. He rejoined his Battalion on the 15th of January 1918.
On August 25th 1918 he was wounded in action for a second occasion after being gassed. He was invalided to the U.K. on the 28th of August, where he was then admitted to hospital on the 30th of August.
Leslie returned to Australia on the 17th of February 1919 and was discharged as medically unfit on the 23rd of April 1919.
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