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John Leonard Leary

Portrait of John Leary, 4310897 (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by  Annette Scullion 1244-2867. CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Portrait of John Leary, 4310897 (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by Annette Scullion 1244-2867. CC-BY-NC- …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Leonard AWMM
  • Surname
    Leary AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ4310897 AWMM
    • WWII 4310897 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 February 1925 Cenotaph Data Entry Form WellingtonNew Zealand Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 42 Bridge Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1945 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 13 August 1943 Cenotaph Data Entry Form
    Age 18 AWMM
    Printer's Apprentice/Civilian Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    • Hair colour, WWII AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Eye colour, WWII AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Height, WWII AWMM
      5 feet 6 inches AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Post war held various positions as Printer, Fishing Lodge Manager-Mayor Island. Maintenance man-Norfolk Island motel,
    Rural mail contractor, Fish smoker and Real estate agent (Source: Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

    Served for a total of 123 days abroad (Source: Cenotaph Data Entry Form) Member of the Foxton RSA. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    30 March 2022 Obituary
    Age 97 AWMM
    LevinManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    "AC1 (RTD) John Leonard Leary NZC4310897 RNZAF 1943 to 24 December 1945.
    Passed away peacefully at the Levin Home for War Veterans on Wednesday 30th March 2022, aged 97 years.
    Dearly beloved husband of Pauline and the late Valerie. Loving father of Jill, Susan and Michael. Grandfather of his five grandchildren and great grandfather of his 10 great grandchildren. Many thanks to the management and staff of the Levin Home for War Veterans for their care of John whilst he was a resident at the home.
    A service for John will be held at Harvey's Chapel, 284 Oxford Street, Levin, on Tuesday 12 April at 2.00pm. Messages c/- 26/91 Mako Mako Road, Levin 5510.
    Published by The New Zealand Herald on Apr. 9, 2022." AWMM
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  • External links
    IN HONOUR: New Zealand’s surviving WWII veterans ( Published 25 April 2020.
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from information provided by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) Veteran Portrait Project. AWMM


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