Leonard Templeton was 21 years old when he enlisted in August 1916. He was farming with his father, John, in Tunbridge.
On arriving in England, he was assigned to the 4th Machine Gun Company, arriving in France in March 1917. In August 1918 he was wounded in fighting near Harbonnieres. He suffered severe concussion after the explosion of a shell and was invalided to England where he remained for the rest of the war. He returned to Australia in 1919 with the rank of Driver.
Leonard worked on the telegraph line in Tasmania during the 1930s. He was killed in a motor cycle accident near Wagga, NSW, in 1954. He is buried in Wagga.
Leonard’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.