Firth, Air Mechanic Class II Leslie William (7354)
Australian Flying Corps
Leslie Firth was from Morpeth NSW, and was 28, and working as a Motor Mechanic, when he joined the 7th Field Company of the Engineers on 19 January 1916; he had previously served for 4 years in the AMF. He left from Sydney on HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 31 March. In October he transferred to the 4th Field Company. He was convicted of an offence in July 1917 after he stole potatoes “from an inhabitant of the country in which he was serving” (France). The next month he transferred to the AFC in the UK. He embarked on HMAT Balmoral Castle in March 1918 to return to Australia due to pleurisy aggravated by active service, and was discharged from the AIF in May.
He died of tuberculosis in Randwick, NSW, on 3 July 1920.
AMII L W Firth is buried in Grave 2 SE 15 43 at Newcastle (Sandgate) General Cemetery, and is commemorated on the Morpeth Public School Roll of Honour.