Private Joseph Theodore Sleep

Service number 6581
Birth Place Australia: South Australia, Moonta
Death Date 1917-05-10
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Joseph Theodore Sleep (6581, 5th Battalion) was born at Moonta Mines, SA, on 30 May 1900. He enlisted in Melbourne in July 1916 giving his occupation as labourer, although his brother later wrote that he was a tinsmith. Joseph claimed both parents were deceased and named his brother William as his next of kin, although his father was still living at the time. Joseph was killed in action near Bullecourt, France, on 10 May 1917 at the age of 16 years 11 months. He is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.



Date of enlistment 17 July 1916
Date of embarkation 02 October 1916
Date of death 10 May 1917
Date of fate 10 May 1917