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Leslie Vivian Austin was born in Buninyong, VIC and was a Miner by trade when he enlisted in Ballarat with the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station on 10 July 1915 at the age of 27. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916. In late September 1916 he joined the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station in France and served there until July 25th 1917 when he was helped to bed in his tent suffering from severe abdominal pain. Subsequent investigation revealed he had a duodenal ulcer. He was evacuated to hospital in England where it was determined he was no longer fit for active service. He returned to Australia on the Persic, disembarking at Melbourne on February 20th 1918. He was discharged a month later. In 1941 he had to make application to have his service medals re-issued, the originals having been lost in a fire at the home of his mother.
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