KILBY, Leslie Alexander (1890-1970)

Born in 1896 at Maidstone. Third child of James Kilby and Isabella Donaldson. Both his parents had died before 1915 when Leslie enlisted for service in WWI. His sister Gladys, aged 18, was his next of kin. Gladys lived with Elsie Bell at Kongwak in 1915 who was the wife of Frank Bell, the youngest child of William and Mary Ann Bell of Gulf Station.  Elsies brother Edgar Beer enlisted in July 1915. He and his mother were living at Yarra Glen at the time.  

Leslie went overseas in August 1915. He was taken on strength with the 22nd Battalion at Gallipoli. Early in December he was wounded and moved to Malta with a contused back and shock. In July 1916, while serving in France, Leslie received gunshot wounds to his left arm which left him with long-lasting paralysis of the forearm. Leslie returned to Australia in February 1917 and died at Heidelberg in 1970.