Camden Remembers
Soldiers' Memorial Macarthur Park
Leslie GARLING (Lieutenant 2596)
Camden RSL Flame Birth: Oct 1881 Camden, NSW, Australia
Death: 7 Jun 1917 (age 35) Messines, Belgium, Killed in Action
Cemetery or Memorial: The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium

Father: Clarence William Henry GARLING (7 Jan 1835 - 10 Jun 1920)
Mother: Mary Katherine GARDINER (13 Jul 1843 - 1928)

Leslie was educated at Cleveland Street Public School, Sydney. His occupation was Accountant at the City Bank when he enlisted at Liverpool in June 1915 and served in the 13th and then the 45th Battalion A.I.F. He departed Sydney on the 'Runic' 9 August 1915.

Leslie served at Gallipoli and then France and Belgium. He was made Lieutenant (in the field) on 18 August 1916 after a series of promotions from Private. He was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's despatch of 13 November 1916 for distinguished and gallant service and devotion to duty in the field.

Leslie's brother Phillip (b.1878 Camden) served from July 1915 and was wounded in the field on 5 August 1916. He suffered a gunshot wound to his leg which later had to be amputated. He was returned to Australia and arrived back in early 1918.

His brother Gerald (b.1884 Sydney) enlisted in Temora in June 1916 and returned to Australia in 1919 after service in England and France. He was a widower with one child at the time of enlistment. He married Agnes Katherine Vallon on 28 December 1918 at Woolwich, England.

His brother (Corporal MM) Frederick Hubert Garling (b. 8 August 1874 Camden) served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was killed at Arras in 1917.

Lieutenant Leslie GARLING was killed in action by machine gun fire at the battle of Messines in Belgium on 7 Jun 1917 age 35.