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Leslie Edward Hivan “Mousey” Mead

Australia Military Forces

HERITAGE No: 279

WESTS LIFE MEMBER No: 14

BIRTH: 9 June 1909
Mosman, NSW
DEATH: 21 October 1996 Killarney Vale, NSW, late of Wamberal, NSW
DEATH: 21 October 1996
Killarney Vale, NSW, late of Wamberal, NSW

OCCUPATION: Motor Body Builder, 1930

RESIDENCE: 7 Hampden St Ashfield, NSW, 1930

GAME HISTORY

  • Ashfield Public School RL 1924
  • Summer Hill RL B Grade 1927
  • Wests RL President’s Cup 1927
  • Wests RL 3rd Grade 1927, 1928, 1929
  • Wests RL 2nd Grade 1929, 1930, 1941
  • Wests RL First Grade 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1941
  • Wests RL City Cup 1937
  • Wests Honor Cap for 50 or matches in first or Reserve Grade 1936
  • Wauchope RL 1931, 1938, 1939, 1940
  • Evens RL v Odds RL 1932
  • Sydney RL Firsts v Country RL Firsts 1932
  • City RL Probables v City RL Probables 1933
  • City RL Seconds v Country RL Seconds 1933, 1934, 1936
  • NSW RL Firsts v Queensland RL Firsts 1933, 1935
  • NSW RL Firsts v Ipswich RL 1934
  • NSW RL Firsts v Brisbane RL Firsts 1934
  • Combined RL First Grade v Tumut 1935
  • City RL Possibles v City RL Probables 1935
  • Australian RL Possibles v Australian RL Probables 1936
  • Australian RL Probables v Australian RL Possibles 1937
  • City RL Firsts v Country RL Firsts 1937
  • North Coast RL 1938
  • Country RL Firsts v City RL Firsts 1938
  • NSW Group Three RL 1939
  • Kangaroo RL Tour 1933
  • Australia RL v England RL 1933
  • Wests RL Coach 1941
  • Parramatta RL President’s Cup Coach 1947
  • Parramatta RL General Committee, 1947

Les

The first record of Les Mead was in Gary Lester’s book, Clouds of Dust, Buckets of Blood. A note to the 1909 Wests team photo indicated that a small child in the background was Les Mead. This could not have been Les who was born in June 1909, about the time or just after the photo was taken.

Les did have an early exposure to the game of rugby league. He was one of two of the NSW Rugby League’s first official Ball Boys. Les commenced as a Ball Boy in about 1924.

It was said that he “paraded” along the touch line at each Magpie match, earning two shillings and sixpence.

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