Private Leslie Alfred Swift

Service number 2158
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Clifton Hill
Death Date 1916-08-14
Death Place France
Also known as William Alfred Smith
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Leslie Alfred Swift (2158, 16th Battalion) was a jockey from Clifton Hill, Victoria. He enlisted in March 1915 under the alias of William Alfred Smith. Leslie was wounded on 6 August 1916 near Pozieres and died eight days later from gunshot wounds to his chest. He is buried in the St Sever Cemetery, France. He was 16 years old. Leslie’s brother Thomas George Lionel Swift was killed in action at Mont St Quentin in August 1918. Another brother Charles Newbry Swift also served in the AIF.



Date of enlistment 24 March 1915
Date of embarkation 23 June 1915
Date of death 14 August 1916
Date of fate 14 August 1916