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Leslie Norman Alec CHAMBERS

Rank Reg/Ser No DOB Enlisted Discharge/Death Board
Lieut 5 23y3m 19 Jan 1916 26 Sep 1919 3

Lieutenant Leslie Norman Alec Chambers (1894-1972)

Chambers Brothers Booklet

The Chambers Family 

Leslie Norman Alec Chambers, the fifth son of Oliver Cromwell and Ellen Chambers, was born at Roma, Queensland in 1894. The fourth son in the Chambers family, Arthur Frank was born at Nhill, Victoria in 1887. The names of four Chambers soldiers appear on one of the Honour Boards at Saint Andrew’s Uniting Church. They belonged to a large family of six brothers and four sisters. Their parents were Oliver Cromwell Chambers and Ellen (née Bosher). Mr and Mrs Chambers began their married life in 1877 at Nhill, Victoria where the older children were born. They later moved to North Queensland then Roma in Western Queensland. At the time when the four sons were enlisting for service in the Australian Imperial Force in the Great War, their parents were living on a farm called Balmah at Elbow Valley between Killarney and Warwick. 

Enlistment and Service

When he enlisted for service abroad on 19 January 1916, he was a clerk, a single man, who gave his age as 25 years three months. His mother was next-of-kin living at St Pirans, Vulture Street, South Brisbane. 

With Service Number five, Corporal Chambers embarked from Sydney on HMAT Borda on 5 June 1916, bound for Alexandria and later, Southampton. He proceeded to France in November 1916 and soon afterwards was admitted to hospital at Rouen with mumps. Training during 1917 included Anti Gas School at Armentières in April and a Machine Gun course at Grantham, England in October. 

In 1918, while attending Officer Cadet training at Cambridge, England he received promotion to the rank of Sergeant before receiving a commission. In June and July Second Lieutenant Chambers served in the Machine Gun Base Depot at Camiers, France and on 1 October 1918, gained promotion to Lieutenant, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion. Lieutenant Les Chambers remained in France till 19 April 1919 when his unit marched out to Codford, England. 

Return to Australia

He returned to Australia per HMAT Themistocles and his military appointment was terminated on 26 September 1919. Lieutenant LNA Chambers was living at Hardings Court off Ambleside Street, West End, Brisbane in September 1944 when he wrote to Base Records in Canberra requesting his discharge papers be reissued as he was applying for the erection of a War Service Home.


Les Chambers died in Queensland in 1972. 

Select Bibliography 
• Bean, C. E. W., Anzac to Amiens, Penguin Books, Melbourne, 2014
• Pedersen, Peter, The Anzacs - Gallipoli to the Western Front, Penguin Group, Camberwell, 2007
• Queensland Register of Births Deaths and Marriages
• Births Deaths Marriages Victoria
• Queensland War Memorial Register
Daily Mercury, Mackay, 19 January 1923, page 5
• National Archives of Australia, military records
The Queenslander, Saturday 26 June 1915
• First World War Embarkation Rolls
Warwick Examiner and Times, Saturday 20 October 1917
The Australian Light Horse Association on line
• Plumb, Lyn, ‘Excerpts from the Diary of Howard Chambers’, published by The Daily Mercury and online 

Compiled by Noel E Adsett, February 2015 © 



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