Lionel was a 29 year-old labourer living at Western Rd, May Hill, Parramatta

when he enlisted on the 16 August 1915. His wife Rachel Mabel was living in Woodville Road, Granville. In June he was docked 10 days pay for going absent without leave for fours days and on 10 December joined the 19 Battalion in France.On 18 September 1917 he was wounded in action, receiving a gunshot wound to the back and suffering from a hernia, and the resulting weakness of his abdominal wall was the eventual reason given for his medical discharge 25 March 1918.

 

Research and Collection Services, City of Parramatta, Heritage Centre, 2017