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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Les" Leslie James STRAHAN

Born 1893 in Guildford, Western Australia [15]
Son of James STRAHAN and Mary Ann BISHOP [15]
His father passed away at the age of 33 in 1899 and in 1905 his mother married George COUSINS [15]
Following the death of his stepfather he resided with his mother in Walkaway and then on farmland in Arrino [P2]
Contractor in Three Springs in 1911 and 1912 [6] and Farmer in Arrino in 1914 and 1915 [19] [50]
     Played for the winning single men in a Married verses Single cricket match in Three Springs on 4 February 1912 [9: 1-Mar-1912]
     He was passed as fit for military service by Dr William S. MYLES in Moora on 28 May 1915 [30: item 8094433]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) at Blackboy Hill military training camp in the Perth hills on 2 June 1915 [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighed 154 pounds and had blue eyes, brown hair and a ruddy complexion [30]
     Private 2527 with the 7th Reinforcements of the 16th Australian Infantry Battalion [30]
     He was discharged from the Australian Imperial Force for being medically unfit on 6 January 1916 [30]
     His disability was pre-existing laryngitis, pharyngitis and rhinitis, from had become chronic in August 1915 [30]
For six months he worked on the staff of WA's first military hospital, the 8th Australian General Hospital, in Fremantle [30]
He was passed as fit for service in the Australian Imperial Force on 28 June 1916 and re-enlisted in Perth on 10 July 1916 [30]
     After training at Blackboy Hill he was appointed to the 6th Reinforcements of the 3rd Pioneers Battalion on 2 December 1916 [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A34 Persic on 29 December 1916 [30]
     Disembarked in Devonport, England on 3 March 1917 and after further training proceeded to France on 31 October 1917 [30]
     Lance Corporal 2998 in the Australian Imperial Force's 8th Field Company Engineers during the First World War [30]
     He was hospitalised with mumps in 1917 and again in September 1918 after suffering a shell wound to his shoulder in France [30]
     Awarded the Military Medal, which at his request was sent by registered post to his mother in Arrino for safe-keeping [30]
     Returned to Australia on the steamship Konigin Luise, disembarking in Fremantle, Western Australia on 2 August 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. on 8 February 1920; received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Military Medal [30]
After returning from the war he lived in Fremantle [P2]
     When he and his future wife's engagement was announced in 1921 he was living at 177A High Street, Fremantle [81: 11-Sep-1921]
Married "Nell" Helen Watson MURRAY on 1 October 1921 at Saint Peter's Church in East Fremantle [120: 13-Oct-1921]
     In 1922 they were living at 35 East Street in the Perth suburb of East Guildford [39: 21-Oct-1922]
     Later resided at 370 Stirling Street in North Perth and at 78 Railway Terrace in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley [50]
     In 1943 he was a shopkeeper and they were living at 335 Albany Highway in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park [50]
     Again resided at 78 Railway Terrace in Mount Lawley from at least 1949 until his death in 1952 [39: 12-Jan-1952] [50]
In 1950 he was working as a clerk for the Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.) at their Pearce Station in Bullsbrook [225: 14-Apr-1950]
     He suffered a compound fracture to his right leg on 14 April 1950 when a car he was travelling in was truck by a ute [225]
     He was an Honorary Member of the Sergeant's Mess at the Royal Australian Air Force Pearce Station [39: 12-Jan-1952]
Father of Ronald and Alan [39: 12-Jan-1952]
Died 11 January 1952; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (Crematorium Rose Gardens, Niche Wall, WO, 102) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Leslie James Strahan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 3 July 2022 from [reference list]

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