Bunbury – Wellington District Western Australia
16/08/1915-To 3rd Depot Squadron as Private
20/10/1915-To 10th Light Horse Regiment 11th Reinforcements Blackboy Hill WA
25/11/1915- To Overseas Base Heliopolis Egypt
26/02/1916- To Camp Serapeum Egypt
12/03/1916-Admitted 1st Aust Stationary Hospital Gabel Habieta Egypt ( Pleurisy )
15/03/1916-Returned to Duty Gabel Habieta Egypt
1/05/1916- Admitted Hospital Railhead Egypt
19/03/1916-Admitted 2nd Aust Stationary Hospital Habieta ( Pleurisy )
23/03/1916-Returned to Duty
13/05/1916- Admitted 1st Aust Stationary Hospital Ismailia Egypt ( Pleurisy )
15/06/1916-Transferred 3rd Light Horse Reserve Regiment Tel-el-Kebir Egypt
9/07/1916-Transferred Imperial Camel Corps in the field Tel-el-Kebir
29/08/1916-Admitted Hospital Alexandria ( Neuralgia )
11/11/1916-To 3rd Anzac Camel Battalion in the field Egypt
30/11/1916-Admitted Hospital Baharia Egypt ( Malaria )
12/12/1916-Rejoined Unit in the field Egypt ex Hospital
16/03/1917-Transferred 4th Camel Battalion in the field Egypt
8/06/1917-To No. 2 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps Brigade El Kubri
13/06/1917- To Citadel Cairo for Detention
14/01/1918- Discharged to AB Depot Company – Detention Expired
22/01/1918-Transferred 13th Company ex Details Abbassia Egypt ex Detention
28/03/1918-Reported Wounded in Action & Remained at Duty
30/03/1918-Reported MISSING IN ACTION
30/03/1918-Reported KILLED IN ACTION Amman Palestine ( Court of Enquiry 8/12//1918 at Baalbek, Syria )
Service Medals Awarded
1914/15 Star – No. 23564
British War Medal – No. 22940
Victory Medal – No. 22771
Memorial Plaque/Scroll – No. 354970
Australian War Memorial Canberra – Panel No. 10
Kalgoorlie War Memorial Western Australia
Bunbury War Memorial Western Australia.
Informants Details of Soldier’s Death
( 1 )- 2458- JAFFREY, Trpr. A. F. M. 13th Company 4th Battalion on 21/04/1918 states ” On 30/03/1918 at Amman No. 1380 Trpr. DELANEY L. J. with a party under Lieut. Thorby advanced onto a position indicated by the Actg. Adjutant Capt. A. J. Watt. As they proceeded to the position they were heavily shelled by the enemy and were forced to retire about 100 yards, and take cover, and while in this position the enemy counter-attacked and I never saw Delaney afterwards. The counter-attack was repulsed and the line advanced and we did not return to the place where I last saw Delaney “.
( 2 )- 2792 – JORDAN, Pte. L, 4th Imperial Camel Corps, date not shown – ” Dear Mrs Delaney, I received your letter this morning forwarded to me from the Base Hospital, and I assure you it gives me great pleasure to be able to give some information re. your son Les. He was one of my best pals and a very popular lad with all, and above all he was a true soldier.
In your letter you state you were advised that he was missing. From the 30th March we were fighting on the Es Salt fight all through Easter Week. On Easter Thursday Les’s mate Tom Bantoff was killed. On Easter Friday his other mate Baxter Gould was killed and Les was killed on Easter Saturday from a Machine Gun Bullet, he suffered very little pain, lived only a few hours after he was hit and is buried in the hills between Es Salt and Amman where they are fighting at present. His pocket book and photos you should receive any day now , the only thing is that the boy who had his belongings was killed and I cannot advise you whether they got his books and photos or not.
I am not going to make you believe there is any hope of him being missing. Although the truth is hard I feel sure that it will be the easiest in the long run for you. I am in the deepest sympathy with you because , I am sure he was a good son and a credit to you all “.
Leslie Sylvester DELANEY had earlier enlisted on 19/10/1914 at Guildford WA, & issued Service No. 614. He was allocated to No. 2 Depot Squadron, then 1st Reinforcements of 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment, however remained at depot and was discharged from initial service on 17th February 2015. Prior to this period of service, Leslie was working as a Labourer in Bunbury and living at White Road Bunbury WA.