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Neil MacLeod



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Neil AWMM
  • Surname
    MacLeod AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 11352 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 December 1892 Medal Card NelsonTasman Medal Card
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 United Kingdom AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1915 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW1
      1916 AWMM
    • WW1 POW - Karlsruhe, Baden, AWMM
    • WW1 POW - Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany AWMM
    • WW1 POW - Crefeld / Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany AWMM
    • WW1 POW - Schwarmstedt, Germany AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
    WW1 Aug 1918 AWMM
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    1916 AWMMHospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
    Wounded at time of capture AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Attended Nelson College, St Paul's School London where he recieved a three year scholarship and also attended the University of Oxford, Wadham College, prior to the First World War. After the Second World War, he served as the Regimental Secretery for Kings Own Scottish Boarders. He married Margaret MacLeod (nee Hands), the Hands were family friends of the MacLeods, who had briefly lived in New Zealand before returning to England, whenever the MacLeods visited the UK they would visit the Hands family. Margaret was the granddaughter of Henry James Blyth, who's daughter Emily Agnes Blyth and Alfred Watson Hands, Margaret attended the Cheltenham Ladies College, which were gifted her memoirs.

    An excerpt of her memoirs discussing Neil;

    "When I was in London one winter Neil MacLeod came south and I dined with him one evening in his club. I little knew it was the last time we could ever talk freely together. Not long afterwards he had a slight stroke and was taken to hospital as they could not look after him in his hotel. The doctor said he would be back at work in a month. They put him on a wheeled stretcher which collapsed: he fell on his head on the concret floor and there was a bad haemorrhage from the brain which left a scar. Several times I went to spend a week-end near him as we were all such old friends and he had no relations over here to visit him. It was terribly hard luck as he had spent two years as a prisoner of war in the first war (three escapes) and five years in the second - "Wounded and missing, believed killed" in both. Now he had to endure ten more years paralysed on one side and unable to say more than a few words, and though his mind and memory were perfectly good he could not read much or indeed occupy himself in any way.

    So after a year in nursing homes we got married and lived first in the house of the widow of a cousin of his. Then we found a delightful little old lodge at the entrance to a drive up to a large house in Tunbridge Wells, where I am reminscing in this rambling way.

    I ought to tell you a little about Neil. There never was anyone more universally loved and respected; perhaps it was best summed up by a friend who wrote that he was 'a great gentleman and a very very good officer' Discipline held to the end and he never complained." (Family Source)

    Son of Neil MacLeod and Annie Elizabeth Ollerenshaw.

    Service acknowledged in the Nelson College Scriptorium. Public source. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    Jul 1965 AWMM
    TonbridgeKent AWMM
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery name
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30 October 2019PeterNelsonResearcher

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