Private Thomas Leishman

Private Thomas Robertson Leishman, 44th Battalion, Australian Infantry. ( His name is not on the War Memorial but is on a plaque in Linton Kirk ). He was killed in action in Belgium, aged, 22, on the 4th June 1917. He was born in Golden Grove, Adelaide, South Australia and was the son of Matthew and Jessie Leishman of Linton, Highbury, Western Australia. He was also the grandson of the Very Rev. Thomas Leishman of Linton. He had been employed in farming and had served three years in the part time 25th Light Horse before enlisting in March 1916 and landing in France in July 1916. He fell in the successful attack on and capture of Messines Ridge which had seen several large mines blown under the German defences causing heavy casualties amongst the defenders. He is buried in Strand Military Cemetery, Belgium where his Headstone is inscribed “Greater Love Hath No Man Than This”.

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