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Leonard Handforth Jardine

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Portrait of Lieutenant Leonard Handforth Jardine. Image sourced from Imperial War Museums' 'Bond of Sacrifice' collection. ©IWM HU 116328
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leonard Handforth AWMM
  • Surname
    Jardine AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 10/1049 AWMM
    • WWII 31543 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1890 AWMM NapierHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
    18 July 1890 Public - Mike - Researcher - 21 October 2017 - Military file
  • Place of birth
    Napier Public - Mike - Researcher - 21 October 2017 - Military file
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW1 Pre 5 August 1914 AWMM Lincoln Road, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Stratford AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM Stratford AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 John Ferguson Jardine, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Miss April L. Jardine, East Rd., Stratford (daughter) AWMM
    • WW2 Miss A.L. Jardine, East Rd., Stratford (daughter) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order and bar (DSO*) AWMM
      DSO Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership at Gauzeancourt from 8 to 13th September 1918. His battalion was engaged in very heavy fighting against strong enemy positions held by picked troops. He constantly reconnoitred the front, having to pass through gas and enemy barrage and by keeping in the closest touch with the situation he was able to cope with several enemy counter attacks. It was owing to his skilful leadership that the operation was a success and his courage and coolness under heavy fire inspired all ranks." (London Gazette, 1 February 1919) DSO Bar Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and resouce at Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. His battalion was detailed to capture the city. The enemy were holding a railway embankment in front of the city from which they brought such heavy machinegun fire to bear on our troops that the attack was temporarily held up. He promptly used his reserve troops with such skill that they overcame the resistance of the enemy and enabled the advance to be continued. Finally by his gallant and able leadership he was instrumental in bringing about the fall of the city." (London Gazette, 8 March 1919) AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand Territorial Service Medal AWMM
    • CITATION
      Distinguished Service Order
      Gazetted 1 February 1919, p1616
      For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership at Gauzeancourt from 8th to 13th September 1918. His battalion was engaged in very heavy fighting against strong enemy positions held by picked troops. He constantly reconnoitred the front, having to pass through gas and enemy barrage and by keeping in the closest touch with the situation he was able to cope with several enemy counter attacks. It was owing to his skilful leadership that the operation was a success and his courage and coolness under heavy fire inspired all ranks

      Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
      Gazetted 4 October 1919, p3225
      For conspicuous gallantry and resource at Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. His battalion was detailed to capture the city. The enemy were holding a railway embankment in front of the city from which they brought such heavy machine-gun fire to bear on our troops that the attack was temporarily held up. He promptly used his reserved troops with such skill that he overcame the resistance of the enemy and enabled the advance to be continued. Finally by his gallant and able leadership he was instrumental in bringing about the fall of the city

      Military Cross
      Gazetted 1 January 1917, p45
      Flers 15 September 1916 and Grid Trench and Grid Support Trench 1 October 1916. This officer has displayed conspicuous ability and leadership on several, but especially on the above two occasions. On the 15th September he handled his company with great skill when ordered up to cover the north of Flers and take up a new line. Again on the 1st October he displayed great presence of mind, resource and initiative, under heavy fire, when supporting two companies of the 2nd Otago Battalion who had suffered heavily from machine gun fire. All the officers of the latter two companies had been either killed or wounded, and Captain Jardine reorganised the line at a critical time with admirable judgement. He is possessed of rare Public - Mike - Researcher - 21 October 2017 - Military files
    • He is possessed of rare soldierly qualities and his work is deserving of special recognition.

      Mention in Despatches
      Gazetted 11 July 1919, p8837
      For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period 16 September to 15 March 1919.

      KNOWN AWARDS
      Distinguished Service Order and bar
      Military Cross
      1914-15 Star
      British War Medal
      Victory Medal
      Mention in Despatches
      Africa Star
      War Medal 1939-45
      New Zealand War Service Medal
      New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
      New Zealand Territorial Service Medal Public - Mike - Researcher - 21 October 2017 - Military file

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 5 August 1914 AWMM
      Age 24 AWMM
      Surveyor/Civilian AWMM
    • WW2 1940-1941 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.238 Farmer/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.238
      2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.238
    • WW2 1941 2NZEF Nom. Roll 4, p.178 Farmer/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 4, p.178
      2NZEF Nom. Roll 4, p.178
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Promoted to Captain with Wellington Infantry Regiment, 1916

      Promoted to Lt Colonel, 6 August 1918

      Commanding Officer (CO) of Taranaki Infantry Regiment, 1925-30

      Troopship Commandant, 1940

      CO of Taranaki Infantry Regiment, New Zealand, 1940-42 AWMM
    • Apr 1919, Married Agnes Wreford Maud Lewis at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, London. Public - Diana - Direct descendant - 2 June 2019 - April 1919 NZ Past Papers
      https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/EP19190714.2.89?query=Agnes%20Wreford%20Maud%20Lewis&snippet=true
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Death

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  • Death
    15 May 1969 AWMM
    Age 79 AWMM
    KatikatiWestern Bay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of death
    15 May 1969 Public - Mike - Researcher - 21 October 2017 - Cemetery Records
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    Katikati, Bay of Plenty Public - Mike - Researcher - 21 October 2017 - Cemetery Records
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Kopuatama Cemetery, Stratford Public - Mike - Researcher - 21 October 2017 - Cemetery Records
  • Grave reference
    Block 47, Plot 15 Public - Mike - Researcher - 21 October 2017 - Cemetery Records
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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.238 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.178 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Includes portrait AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM

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02 June 2019DianaLondonDirect descendant
21 October 2017MikeMatamataResearcher
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