Edward Ernest LEONARD

Year of Birth:  1894

Place of Birth:  Townsville, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  4 August 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  24 January 1917, Sydney, NSW

Ship:  HMAT Ayrshire A33

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  49th Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  3430

Died:  5 April 1918


Edward Ernest Leonard was born in Townsville on the 15 October 1894 to William Leonard and Ann Salisbury. He was the youngest of 9 children.

Edwards’s parents, William and Ann together with 4 children, John born 1878, Martha 1880, Edith 1882 and J. A. 1883, arrived in Mackay on board the Nuddea 20 September 1883 from Derby England. After their arrival another 5 children were born in Queensland. Frances Catherine 1885, Rosehannah (Rose) 1887, Mary Ann 1889, Frank Silver 1891 and Edward Ernest 1894.

The family finally settled in Sunnymount near Chillagoe, North Queensland where Edward Ernest took up mining. His father owned the local store. Edward’s mother Ann died in 1922 and his father William died in 1936.

On his enlistment Edward Ernest was living in Sunnymount, his age was 21 years 10 months, occupation was a Miner and his next of kin was his father William Leonard of Sunnymount, North Queensland. His height was 5 feet 10 inches, weighed 190 pounds with fair complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair. He gave his religion as Church of England.

Edward Ernest Leonard was wounded in action on the 5 April 1918 at Bray, on the Somme, France and died the same day of the wounds he received. He is buried in the British Military Cemetery, Contay. France.



HMAT Ayrshire A33- photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


NAA: B2455


Roll of Honour Circular. Courtesy of Australian War Memorial


Northern Herald (Cairns) 8 September 1916 p3


Northern Herald, 13 June 1918 p4


Online Resources

Photograph of the: HMAT Ayrshire A33 , Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Edward Ernest Leonard, National Archives of Australia

Queensland State Archives Immigration Records

The Northern Herald September 1916, p3 

Northern Herald 13 June 1918 p4

Australian War Memorial


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