Lesnie, Frank Bernard Hershorn (Private, b.? - d.1917)

Unit 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number 1DRL/0415
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Letters
Maker Lesnie, Frank Bernard Hershorn
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1928
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/321
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the service of 1659a Private Frank Bernard Hershorn Lesnie, (served as Frank Bernard), Gallipoli, Egypt, France. Collection comprises typed extracts from thirteen letters written by Private Lesnie to his mother and (presumably) another family member named John, and typed extracts from a diary kept by Private Lesnie during 1915. Notable among these extracts is Lesnie's vivid description of his experience of being under heavy bombardment in the early part of August 1916. Location of original letters and diary unknown.

History / Summary

Biographical note: 1659a Private Frank Bernard Hershorn Lesnie (served as Frank Bernard), 17 Battalion, AIF, who on the 2nd March 1917, was killed in action at Warlencourt on the Somme. Other biographical details concerning him are: Electrician, of Darlinghurst, NSW, born Warsaw, Poland, educated at Norwood Orphanage, London (Captain of the School). and at the Regent Street Polytechnic School, London, came to Australia when 17 years old; enlisted in the AIF on 22 May 1915, age at time of death 21.