Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Trove Tuesday: Private Leed K.I.A.

 Bendigonian 14 Sep 1916, p2
We know quite a lot about great-uncle David Ray Leed*, or Ray as he was known, because we have letters he wrote home from Egypt and France in WW1 as well as his enlistment papers from the National Archives of Australia.

But it seems there's always more. When I typed his name into the search box at Trove today I discovered that two months after his death two articles appeared in a Bendigo paper - one (above) included a photo and the other (below) a brief biography. His family lived at Central Mologa north of Bendigo. 

Bendigonian, 14 Sep 1916, p24
The telegram received by Ray Leed's mother.

P.S. The name RAY is actually a family name. It's the surname of his great-grandmother, Susannah RAY who was born in 1804 in Denford, Northhamptonshire, England.

*David Ray LEED, son of David LEED and Mary Ann ANDREW was born on 10 Aug 1893. He died on 16 Jul 1916 in France.
Military record: Enlisted 17 Jul 1915; Private 23 Battalion, 7th Reinforcement; Embarked 26 Nov 1915 on 'Commonwealth'; Killed in Action at Pozieres, Somme, France 15 Jul 1916; Buried Rue-Du-Bois Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave 7), Fleurbaix, France.


  1. So sad, but amazing to have the telegram.

  2. What a great find to locate the two articles - especially the photo of him. Nice.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  3. Gosh you keep me busy with all the reading I have to follow, cousin!!! ( but thanks "!!)

  4. Hi Larry, great to hear from you. Ray's father, David Leed, was a first cousin of your grandfather, Thomas Giles Leed.


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