14/03/1916- To 55 Depot as Private
12/04/1916- To 16th Battalion 19th Reinforcements
25/09/1916- To 4th Training Battalion Codford England
22/10/1916- Admitted Sutton Veny Hospital England ( Mumps )
21/12/1916- Proceeded Overseas 4th Australian Division Base Depot Etaples France ex Folkestone ex Codford
2/01/1917- Joined 16th Battalion in the field France
12/03/1917- Admitted 3rd Australian Field Ambulance France ( Tonsilitis )
23/03/1917- Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex Sickness
11/04/1917- Reported MISSING IN ACTION France
11/04/1917- Reported Wounded in Action ( Grenade Wounds Right Arm, Both Feet-Right Leg subsequently Amputated at Thigh ) & Taken PRISONER OF  WAR after Capture at Reincourt France- Interred Limburg Camp
24/05/1917- Reported DIED  OF  DISEASE ( Tuberculosis of Lungs ) whilst a PRISONER  OF  WAR in German Hands at Deam-Kriegs Gefangenen Lazarett Valenciennes France

 

SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED

British War Medal – No. 45030

Victory Medal – No. 44516

Memorial Scroll/Plaque – No. 329340.

 

MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS

Wagin Roll of Honour WA

Wagin War Memorial WA

Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT – Panel No. 80.

Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Ballarat, Vic.

 

PRISONER  OF  WAR-  RED  CROSS  FILES  SUMMARY

 

11/07/1917-  London-  From German List dated 16/06/1917-  ” Missing 11/04/1917-  Prisoner of War- Interred Limburg from front- Captured Bapaume 10/04/1917 “.

 

8/08/1917- London- From German Lazarette list dated 3/07/1917- ” Prisoner of War-  Wounded both Thighs-  Reported Lazarrette Valenciennes “.

 

21/09/1917- From German Nachlass List dated 27/08/1917- ” Prisoner of War- Died  24/05/1917 “.

 

9/10/1917- London-  From German Death List  dated 4/09/1917- ” Prisoner of War-  Died 24/05/1917 Lazarette Valenciennes-  Death following on illness-  Buried Valenciennes Cemetery-  Coffin 216 “.

 

31/01/1919- London-  Informants Pte. F.C.Symes. 6620. 16th AIF D Co.  Pte. A.H.Perritt. 6068. 4th AIF  B. Co. RED CROSS-  ” Died as Prisoner of War Valenciennes 29/05/1917-  He was in the same ward as us in May 1917 in Valenciennes Hospital suffering from Consumption and Died one day at about 10.00 a.m. He was very weak but was able to speak to us about his home at Wagin Western Australia.  His name was Leonard  and he was a tall man with a long face and black moustache “.

 

15/07/1919-  Received at Australian Red Cross Prisoner of War Mission-  ” 6053. Pte. Lucas, Leonard. 16th Battalion A.I.F-  Berlin Information Buro. 6 Cards exist.  2 Lager, 3 Death and 1 Nachlass.  Reported by Bavarian Kriegs. Laz. Department 62. Valenciennes, Etappen Inspection 2.  Born 14/03/1891. Wagin. W.Australia.  10/04/1917. Bapaume belonged to Lager Limburg.  Paybook sent in by Bavarian Nachweise Buro, Munich on 15/08/1917- Left property AKT. Z.  2304.6.17. Z.N. “

 

22/09/1919- Letter to Australian Red Cross Society Prisoner of War Mission- ” Z.N. Buro Berlin.  Death Voucher received.  Died 24/05/1917.  Valenciennes.  Buried Military Cemetery Valenciennes.  Coffin No. 216 “.

 

2/10/1919- London-  Translation of German Death Certificate received from Captain Mills and passed on To AIF Headquarters London, From Seal of the Prussian War Office Central Information Bureau Reichswohrbefshlestelle Prussia dated Berlin 17/09/1919-  ” Prisoner of War-   It is hereby certified that there is here the death card of the ref. II.D  according to which the Australian Prisoner of War, Lucas, Leonhard , Identity Disc 6350 AIF Regiment B Company, 16th Battalion, died at Valenciennes on 24th May 1917, and was buried in the Soldiers’ Cemetery at Valenciennes, Coffin 216 “.