Leslie Vivian Harcourt Coote

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COOTE, Leslie Vivian Harcourt

Service no: 25591 [1]

Place of birth: Orange, 1891

Address: Rosalind, 91 Woniora Road, Hurstville

Occupation: Clerk

Next of kin: Charlotte Emily Coote (mother), Rosalind, 91 Woniora Road, Hurstville

Date of enlistment: 1 February 1916

Place of enlistment: Sydney

Age at enlistment: 24

Fate: Embarked HMAT A67 Orsova, Sydney, 29 July 1916. Taken on strength, 104th Battery, France, 13 March 1917. Admitted to hospital with severe shell wound left thigh 18 October 1917. Taken on strength 104th Battery, France, 16 March 1918. Wounded in action 15 April 1918. Died of wounds, 20th Casualty Clearing Station, France, 16 April 1918.

Date of death: 16 April 1918

Buried: Vignacourt British Cemetery, France, Plot 1, Row B, Grave 2

Leslie Vivian Harcourt Coote was born in Orange in 1891 to John William, railway inspector, and Charlotte Emma Coote. At the time of his enlistment Leslie Coote worked as a chief clerk in the Railway Road and Bridges Office.

He enlisted in Sydney on 1 February 1916 at the age of 24. On 29 July 1916 he embarked HMAT A67 Orsova and after arriving in England was taken on strength to the 104th Battery, Divisional Artillery Column in France.

In October 1917 Leslie received severe injuries to the left thigh from a shell explosion and was evacuated to hospital in England. He returned to his unit in March 1918 but within the month was wounded for a second time. On 15 April Leslie received extensive shrapnel wounds to the feet and head. He did survive these wounds; he died the following day at the 20th Casualty Clearing Station in France.

Leslie Vivian Harcourt Coote was buried at Vignacourt British Cemetery, France, Plot 1, Row B Grave 2. He is remembered on panel number 21 on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

  • Sharon Jameson and Margaret Nugent, January 2019
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