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Patrick Leslie

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Patrick AWMM
  • Surname
    Leslie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Patrick Perekara AWMM
    • Pat Leslie AWMM
  • Service number
    31842 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 October 1912 AWMM OkahukuraWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 23 April 1905 AWMM C/o Mrs M.E. Leslie, R.D. Kaiwaka, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.E. Leslie (adopted mother), Kaiwaka, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 August 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 AWMM
      World War 2/wars AWMM
      Crete AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    31842 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Trentham AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    Linesman/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 53 Italy AWMM
      Sidi Rezegh, Western Desert AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-A, Gorlitz, Germany AWMM
      1944 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Czechoslavakia AWMM
    • WW2
      13 December 1941 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1 May 1945 AWMM Liberated by the Americans AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    KGF No. 33500 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Several illnesses, but not admitted to any hospitals until return to NZ. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • According to his wife, Pat's father died in the 1918 Flu epidemic when Pat was almost 6. His mother had two younger children, married again to a widower with two sons, and then she had another daughter. Pat was left to be brought up by his father's mother, Kiri Perekara, who was by then quite old. She died in 1939 aged 105. When Pat was about twelve, one of the Leslie family took him home, much as one would take a stray dog home. From then on he lived with them, working on their farm, more or less as part of the family. Mrs Leslie helped him to get his Proficiency Certificate. He went shepherding planting pine trees, anything he could find in the depression. He eventually got a job as a linesman.

    From there Pat enlisted in the Army, as a signalman. He made Mrs Leslie his next of kin and made his surname Leslie.

    He was a survivor. He never smoked, so he used cigarettes as currency. He was the camp barber. He said he survived because he could sleep wherever he happened to be. He was very grateful for the Red Cross, said he wouldn't be alive without them. He was very thin when his wife met him, when he was travelling round Britain at the end of the war. They married in Edinburgh after a six week courtship.

    Mrs Leslie had saved the allowances made to her, and gave it back to him when he returned from the war. The money together with the gratuity returning men got, and his wife's small savings, enabled Pat to buy 142 acres of scrub and fern, which they made into a dairy farm, on which they lived for 32 years.

    The early years were very difficult. Pat had post traumatic stress. He had terrible nightmares and explosions of temper. Only other wives of POWs knew what it was like. He never talked about his four and half years inside. He had black moods when he just took off to the back of the farm. His various minor war injuries gave trouble and earned him a full war pension, but he continued to work very hard.

    He sold the farm in 1980, but kept 50 acres to raise a few Herefords and bought a house in Kamo. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    20 October 2000 AWMM
    Age 88 AWMM
    WhangareiNorthland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Maunu Cemetery, Cemetery Road off State Highway 14, Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand AWMM RSA Block Seventeen, Plot 1231 AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

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