Private Victor William Leach

Service number 5050
Birth Date 1900-12-23
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Carlton
Death Date 1918-09-13
Death Place France
Also known as Leslie Lockingbar, Leslie Lockingbar
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 50th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 50th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Victor William Leach (5050, 50th Battalion) was born in Carlton, Victoria, on 23 December 1900. He travelled to Adelaide, SA, in October 1917 and enlisted without his parents’ knowledge or consent under the alias of Leslie Lockingbar. Victor was killed near Vendelles, France, by shell fire on 13 September 1918 and is buried in the Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Jeancourt, France. His mother wrote later that he was 17 years and 9 months of age at the time of his death. Victor’s brother, Driver Ivan Imsie Leach, also served with the AIF.



Date of birth 23 December 1900
Date of enlistment 16 October 1917
Date of embarkation 22 December 1917
Date of death 13 September 1918
Date of fate 13 September 1918