Leonard Allan Joseph Welsh was a 23 year old shoeing smith when he enlisted as a Private for the 6th Battalion on the 4th of October 1916. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916. On April 30th 1917 Leonard was transferred to the 66th Battalion, where he was promoted to temporary driver on May 26th. On the 24th of September he was re-transferred to the 6th Battalion and reverted back to a Private. On December 27th Leonard was wounded in action after being gassed, but recovered and re-joined his unit from the hospital on the 4th of January 1918.
On August 10th he was wounded in action for a 2nd time after being shot in his right foot. Leonard returned to Australia per the H.T. Lancashire on the 31st of March 1919 and discharged as medically unfit on the 8th of May 1919.
His brothers, Pte Thomas Ernest Welsh, 6th Bn, returned to Australia, 31 July 1918. (Tree No. 1919); Corporal Stanley Welsh, 24th Bn, killed in action, 4 October 1917 (Tree No. 3348) also served.
Tree No: 3923