Leslie Ramsay Ebsworth

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EBSWORTH, Leslie Ramsay

Service no: 1240 [1]

Place of birth: Granville, 1891

Address: 94 Byng Street, Orange

Occupation: Law clerk

Next of kin: Edward Ebsworth (father), 94 Byng Street, Orange

Date of enlistment: 9 May 1915

Place of enlistment: Liverpool

Age at enlistment: 23

Fate: Embarked HMAT A8 Argyllshire, Sydney, 30 September 1915. Joined the Light Horse Regiment, Egypt, 1916. Marched into camp at Perham Downs, England, 4 April 1916. Taken on strength 5th Divisional Artillery Column as gunner 21 August 1916. Hospitalised with trench feet, England, 27 November 1916. Returned to France and taken on strength 49th Battery 16 August 1917. Killed in action, Westhoek, Belgium, by bomb dropped from German plane, 15 October 1917.

Date of death: 15 October 1917

Buried: Hooge Crater Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium, Plot IV, Row E, Grave 7

Leslie Ramsay Ebsworth was the only son of Edward and Emily Ebsworth. He was born in 1891 in Granville, Sydney. Edward Ebsworth was the Chairman of the Land Board in Grafton, Wellington, and later Orange.

Leslie attended Sydney Grammar School and matriculated with honours. In 1909 he became articled to the law firm of Lobban & Lobban of Grafton and Sydney.

Leslie enlisted at Liverpool on 9 May 1915. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915. In Egypt he joined with other members of the Light Horse Regiment. After leaving Egypt he was marched into camp at Perham Downs, England, on 4 April 1916. On 21 August he was taken on strength as a gunner with the 5th Divisional Artillery Column. Leslie returned to England in November 1916 and was hospitalised with trench feet. On 16 August 1917 he returned to France and was taken on strength with the 49th Battery.

Gunner Leslie Ebsworth was killed in action at Westhoek, Belgium on 15 October 1917. Witnesses interviewed by the Red Cross Wounded and Missing Bureau describe how he was killed by a bomb dropped by a German plane. He was buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium, Plot IV, Row E, Grave 7.

Leslie Ramay Ebsworth is remembered on Holy Trinity Church Orange Honour Roll, the Grafton Public School Honour Roll, the Grafton Cenotaph and on panel number 17 on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

A bronze plaque in Leslie’s honour was later laid at the Christ Church Cathedral in Grafton.

  • Sharon Jameson and Margaret Nugent, January 2019
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