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Leo Max Natzke

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leo Max AWMM
  • Surname
    Natzke AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 11/544 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 November 1889 AWMM HalcombeManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 15 August 1914 AWMM Whangamomona, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 August Natzke, Matapara, Te Awamutu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/544 AWMM
  • Military service
    Defence Rifle Club (3 years) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 15 August 1914 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 6 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      159 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Distinguishing marks, Unknown Period AWMM
      tattoo marks on both forearms AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Illness (dysentery): Transferred from Mudros on 1 July 1915, to Seang Bee, Malta. Discharged on 4 August 1915, and returned to Gallipoli. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Was fatally wounded on 27 August 1915, and died the next day at 16 Casualty Clearing Station, No. 2 Post, Anzac Cove, on 28 August. AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of August Heinrich and Poline Natzke (nee Tunrick), of Matapara, Te Awamutu, who sailed with their first-born child, Carl Friedrich, from Hamburg, Germany, in April 1876, on the ship 'Fritz Reuter', arriving in Wellington, New Zealand, in August 1876.

    The family was among the 69 immigrants from the 'Fritz Reuter' selected by Arthur Halcombe for settlement within the Manchester Block.

    August and Poline settled in Halcombe, which lies halfway between Marton and Feilding, and had nine further children: Otto Heinrich, Emmel August, Anna Emma (m. Anderson), Louis Albert, Helena Amelia (m. O'Dea), Hilda Pauline (m. Wischnowsky), Leo Max, Olga Alma, and Alma Emma Natzke (m. Waterson).

    After Poline's death, August Natzke married Frances Emma Carter, and had four more children: Harold Zulu, Zola Mervyn, Herbert William, and Franz Oscar Natzke. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 August 1915 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    NATZKE. – Died of wounds at Anzac, Dardanelles, on August 28, 1915, Leo Max Natzke, fifth son of August Natzke, Matapara, Te Awamutu; aged 26 years. [Source: New Zealand Herald, 6 October 1915, p. 1] AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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29 July 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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