32912 Gunner Robert Leslie Dick Moxham, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920

Driver (later Gunner) Robert ‘Les’ Leslie Dick Moxham is the second son of the late State Minister Thomas Robert Moxham (Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly) and Mary Agnes Somers. Born in 1892, he lived at Sorrell Street, Parramatta, New South Wales. He was not married when he joined the Australian Imperial Force at the age of 24. A grazier prior to enlisting, he embarked from Melbourne aboard the HMAT Shropshire (A9) on 11 May 1917. On 19 July, he marched into Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery at Larkhill, England. By 17 October, he proceeded overseas to France. 10 days later on 26 October, he was taken on strength from the 4 Division Artillery and transferred to the 10 Field Artillery Brigade and posted to 38 Battery. On 11 March 1918, at his own request he changed his substantive rank reverting from driver to Gunner.

On 3 July 1918 during an attack on Hamel, at Blangy-Tronville near Villers-Bretonneux, France, around 2 o’clock in the early mornings of 4 July, while on duty at the guns, Les was fatally wounded when he was hit in the face by a piece of shell while in action. He later died at the 5 Casualty Clearing Station, France, aged 26. He is buried in Crouy British Cemetery Crouy-Sur-Somme, France.

His death was reported in the Cumberland Argus on 20 July 1918, page 10 – ‘Death of Gunner Leslie Moxham: a brave son of Parramatta‘.

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Naga Durga Devi Kona, Volunteer Research Assistant, Parramatta Council Heritage Centre, 2017

References

 

  1. PERSONAL PARS: Mr T. R. Moxham (1916, January 15). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 6, para. 15.
  2. Late Mr. T. R. Moxham: estate valued at 50,490 pounds. (1916, February 19). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 11.
  3. The late Mr. Moxham: The popular state member’s untimely death. Eloquent tributes to his memory. (1916, January 15). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 1011.
  4. Australian War Memorial (n.d.) Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files, 1914-18 War 1DRL/0428: 32912 Gunner Robert Leslie Dick Moxham : 10th Field Artillery Brigade. Retrieved from https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1478210/
  5. Death of Gunner Leslie Moxham: a brave son of Parramatta. (1918, July 20). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 10.
  6. PERSONAL PARS. (1918, August 21). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 2