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A Cruel and Desperate Man?

Leo Edgar Solomon (1895–1917)

Like his brother Eric, Leo Edgar Solomon enlisted in December 1915, and was allotted to the 13th Field Artillery Brigade.
After some basic training in Victoria, Gunner Solomon left Australia to join the Artillery Training School at Tel-el-Kebir. In December 1916 he was posted to the 51st Battery. In October 1917 the 51st Battery found itself stationed in Belgium, supporting the allied push to hold the area around Ypres.
On 16 October 1917 Gunner Solomon sustained gunshot wounds to his legs. Front line doctors and nurses, working under appalling conditions, did all they could for the injured, but like so many Gunner Solomon succumbed to his wounds. The 22-year-old, a fourth generation Tasmanian and descendant of the convict Joseph Solomon, was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery near Poperinghe.

The 1st Battle of Passchendaele was fought on 12 October 1917. The Allies lost 13,000 troops in one day, for negligible territory gained. These aerial views show Passchendaele before and after the series of three battles. Leo died near here on 16 October.
The 1st Battle of Passchendaele was fought on 12 October 1917. The Allies lost 13,000 troops in one day, for negligible territory gained. These aerial views show Passchendaele before and after the series of three battles. Leo died near here on 16 October.

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