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Leon Joseph Massey

THOMAS M FRAMPTON, died 17 August 1903 aged 31 years; GEOFFREY J MASSEY, died 27th Oct 1903; Leon J MASSEY torpedoed, English Channel, SS Aparima, 22 November 1917 aged 19 years. His Memorial can be found in the Makaraka Cemetery, Gisborne  Block MKH Plot 241

Memorial of Leon Joseph MASSEY

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leon Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Massey AWMM
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  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 April 1899 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 14 June 2023 - NZ BDM Bith Record
  • Birth notes
    Son of Alfred James & Edith French (nee' Warren) MASSEY Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 14 June 2023 - NZ BDM Bith Record
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  • Relationship status
    Single Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 14 June 2023 - NZ BDM Bith Record


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    WW1 Seaman/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • Son of Mrs. Edith French Massey, of Pensions Dept., Customs Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand. Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    19 November 1917 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    English Channel AWMM
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    It is feared that among those lost in the Aparima was Master Leon Massey, who has been a cadet on that steamer for two years past. Master Massey is a son of Mrs J Massey- a clerk on the staff of the Pensions Department, and a grandson of Mr. J. Warren for many years clerk to the Cook County Council, Gisborne. Master Massey was a bright boy of great promise, and much sympathy will be felt for his relatives Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 14 June 2023 - NAMES OF THE CREW
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14 June 2023Lorraine Mona GisborneResearcher

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