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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Les" Leslie Alexander ROBERTSON

Born 23 May 1892 in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia [16] [54]
Son of Alexander ROBERTSON and Elizabeth Mary MACPHERSON [54]
Civil Servant in Carnamah, Western Australia in 1914 [19]
     He could be the 'Robertson' who was a member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in late 1913 [9: 28-Nov-1913]
     On 16 May 1914 purchased from the Midland Railway Company a block in the newly surveyed Carnamah townsite [27]
     The block cost £20 and was Lot 10 of Victoria Location 1936, which later became 6 Yarra Street, Carnamah [27]
     Rates for his block in Carnamah were paid by his father Alexander ROBERTSON, Agent of Geraldton, from 1915 to 1924 [44]
     By 1931 his block at 6 Yarra Street in Carnamah was owned by Carnamah storekeeper Albert COWDEROY [3]
Civil Servant in Perth, Western Australia in 1915 [30: item 8037041]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 21 August 1915 [30: item 8037041]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 3½ inches tall, weighed 128 pounds and had grey eyes, light brown hair and a fresh complexion [30]
     Gave his father Alexander ROBERTSON as his next of kin, his father's address being Fitzgerald Street, Geraldton [30]
     After training at Blackboy Hill he was appointed to the Australian Postal Corps on 8 November 1915 [30]
     Embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on the R.M.S. Medina on 2 November 1915 [18]
     After a brief time in Egypt embarked from Alexandria, Egypt and disembarked in Marseilles, France on 30 March 1916 [30]
     Private 49 in the Australian Imperial Force's Australian Post Office Number Four in France during the First World War [30]
     Hospitalised on 1 January 1917 for pneumonia and bronchitis and returned to duty a month later on 2 February 1917 [30]
     Following his return to duty in February 1917 he was transferred to the 1st Divisional Signal Company [30]
     Sapper 49B in the Australian Imperial Force's 1st Divisional Signal Company in France during the First World War [30]
     Embarked from England on the H.T. Euripides and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 19 April 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. in Perth on 11 June 1919; received the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park from as early as 1925 until his death in 1953 [2] [16] [50]
Husband of Olive [39: 17-Jun-1953]
Father of Helene and Murray [39: 17-Jun-1953]
Died 16 June 1953; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (Crematorium Rose Gardens, Rose Memorial, 4E, 3) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Leslie Alexander Robertson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/leslie-alexander-robertson [reference list]




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