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|Name:||Parer, Leslie Joseph|
|Place of Birth:||Fitzroy (Vic.)|
|Next of Kin:||Mother: Margaret Caroline Josephine Parer 46 Dundas Place Albert Park, Victoria|
|Biographical notes:||His father James Joseph, after whom Parer Drive is named, moved to Darwin in 1916 and owned the Terminus hotel. Source: NTDB: p.447-448. Mr. J. J. Parer received a letter on the 15th December from the Defence Department dated 14th November, stating that his son Leslie had been wounded. It will be noted that the news reached the parents just one month after it was posted from the Defence Office, Melbourne. On 4 February, Mr. Parer received a further written communication from Base Records, Melbourne, dated 8 December, stating that the gallant boy had been admitted to the First Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, England, on 10 November 1917, shell gassed severely, classed as wounded. It will be noted that this advice reached Mr. Parer nearly three months after the boy had been admitted and nearly, two months after the Base Records Melbourne had received the information. Mr. Paper's indignation at being thus treated, particularly in view of the fact that he has sent almost innumerable telegrams of enquiry to the Defence Department without eliciting any information may be imagined. He is now laying the matter before the Minister of Defence, with a view to saving others the needless anxiety he and Mrs. Parer have experienced. Mr. Parer also received on the 4 December a letter from his son dated 12th November, saying he had been in hospital for two weeks, very badly gassed, and expected to be right in a month. He said that the whole of his battery, officers and men, had been gassed, "Fritz getting a good one in, in the shape of a gas-shell." NT Times and Gazette 9 February 1918: p.18. Leslie died in RGH Concord survived by his 3 children Joseph, Judy and Anetta , his wife Minnie Grace had predeceased him.|
|Date of Enlistment:||17-Aug-1914|
|Age at Enlistment:||23|
|Place of Enlistment:||Albert Park (Vic.)|
|Unit:||5th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade|
|Service:||Australian Imperial Force|
|Date of Death:||1953-06-05|
|Place of Death:||Repatriation General Hospital (RGH), Concord (N.S.W.)|
|Honours and Awards:||Military Medal|
|Service History:||Parer's unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A9 'Shropshire' on 20 October 1914. After enlisting as a driver, Parer served to rest of the war as a gunner and was was gassed in October 1917 in Belgium for which he was hospitalised in Edgbaston Hospital Birmingham. He received the Military Medal on 29 October 1918. Returned to Australia 13 December 1918 on HT 'Port Hacking' and discharged 28 March 1919.|
|Related link:||Military Medal|
"Latest War News", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 26 January 1918: p.10.
Unit War Diary
NT Place Names Register : Parer Drive
Darwin Returned Servicemens' League (RSL) : A Concise History of its Conception and Development by Clive Francis Geddes. Darwin : Clive Francis Geddes, 2011: p.55.
"Personal", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 9 February 1918: p.18.
Embarkation Roll - HMAT A9 'Shropshire'
Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography edited by David Carment. Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, , 2008: p.447-448.
"Death Notice", The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 June 1953: p. 42.
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
|Appears in Collections:||Returned ANZACs|
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