The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Peat
First Name:
Leonard Oswald
Nick Name:
Len
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7458
Classification:
Batman/Runner
Company:
Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
DOB:
8.07.1916
Place of Birth:
Fremantle, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Bertie Peat
Mothers's Name:
Lucy Florence Peat
Religion:
Protestant
Pre-war Occupation:
Stationhand
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 4, Age 25.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
Ulu Pandan, Reformatory Road
Date of Death:
12.02.1942
Buried:
Where killed at map reference 763132 by Major A. Cough Party on 21.12.1942.

General Description

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On 3 May 1915 Len Peat’s uncle after whom he was named, died  of wounds received following action at Gallipoli.  Leonard Hugh Peat enlisted with 16th Battalion WW1 on 20 October 1914, and died about 6 months later. The 16th Battalion suffered terrible loss of life and injuries attempting advancement at the ‘Bloody Angle’.  Leonard Hugh Peat required amputation of his left leg, and unfortunately died soon after on Hospital Ship Dongola.  He was buried at Sea aged 26 years.

The Peat boys Bertie and Len (snr) were obviously very close, they were the only sons of their parents Kate and Wellington Peat.  The large family included at least six daughters.  Wellington Peat died in early June 1914.  (It was a few months later Len Peat (Snr) enlisted with 16th Battalion).  Their widowed mother Kate Peat received a pension after the death of her son Len (Snr).

Len’s father Bertie Peat who was born 1886 Silverton, NSW married Lucy Florence Coker in 1910, Perth Western Australia.  They had 3 sons and and daughter.  Len’s brother Keith joined the RAAF.

In 1931 Bertie and Lucy divorced, Len was about 15 years old.

In 1936 Len’s older brother Harold Peat aged 23 years died. At that time Len who was 20 years of age was working in Roebourne and Keith was working at Mulga Downs their sister Joyce had married in 1933.

Len was employed as a stationhand, Cherrita Station, Roebourne prior to enlisting with AIF August 1940. He joined Headquarters Coy and became a batman/runner.  Len was KIA at Ulu Pandan, Reformatory Road, Singapore on 12 February 1942, aged 25 years; 27 years after his uncle Len died at the Dardanelles in 1915.

 

 

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