Kandos and Rylstone History P.14
Laurie McLeod remembers
World War I
A presentation to Kandos Year 9 students in 2000.
Interview with Mr. Laurie McLeod, Thursday August 31.
Laurie McLeod was born in 1907 at Crown Street Women's Hospital. He was put on a doorstep a few days after that and raised by a foster family. When Laurie was 18, he found his original family. His mother came from Glen Alice, and he was re-united with them. Laurie’s foster mother was Catherine Luelgi. She was half-Irish and half-Italian, Australian born.
“But I was pleased she did the right thing by me as a foster mother. She was good. I am thankful for her,” he said.
As a boy, Laurie remembers seeing the Anzacs going away. He also remembers seeing them come home again when the war ended, and the funerals of the soldiers that died after the war.
From the Sydney Military Hospital in Randwick, the funerals came to Taylor Square, where they had a band, and Laurie remembers hearing the music coming down Oxford Street as they marched to the Mortuary Station at the Railway, from where they took the bodies out to Rookwood.
They carried the cask on a gun carriage, with the gun pointing backwards.
Laurie McLeod lived in Goulburn Street, Surrey Hills, which was a working class suburb close to Oxford Street. He went to Crown Street School, and left at 14 to go to work at a bookshop in North George Street, EJ Dwyer.
His foster mother's daughter married an ANZAC, Arthur William Hansen, of Norwegian origin, who was wounded at Gallipoli. He was shot in the buttocks, but survived.
Mr. McLeod also fought in WWII and was a prisoner of war. That story is under the World War II section.
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