Service No. 152 6th Battalion and 2302 Aust. Light Rail Operating Company.
Sapper Leo William BOOTH enlisted twice. The first time in Melbourne on 17 Aug 1914.
Photographed with his brother Vincent Paul BOOTH. He worked for the railways as an Engine Cleaner prior to enlisting. Leo was born at Crossover on Dec 5th, 1894 the 3rd son of Charles and Margaret Selina BOOTH(nee Serong).
He embarked for overseas service from Melbourne on 19th Oct, 1914. Severely wounded by gunshot fracturing his right thigh at Gallipoli on 1st May 1915 he was admitted to No.5 Indian Hospital. He was not taken off the dangerously ill list until 15 Sept 1915, some four months after being wounded. He was invalided to Wandsworth Hospital in the UK per “Goorhka” and eventually returned to Australia per “Euripedes’ n 24 June 1916.
He re-enlisted at Broadmeadows on 19 Oct 1917 and proceeded overseas again serving in France and England before returning to Aus. on the “Karmala” being discharged on September 10th 1919.
In civilian life he rejoined the railways working at Pinnaroo, Ultimo and Rutherglen before his death in June 1953. He is buried at Carlyle Cemetery, Wagunyah, Victoria.
Courtesy - Ann Bullen cousin