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Gordon Vincent McLeod

Portrait, Gordon Vincent McLeod in June 1940 - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gordon Vincent AWMM
  • Surname
    McLeod AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    13825 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 March 1920 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 24 May 1940 AWMM 19 Whiteleigh Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Ward Vincent McLeod (father), 290 Barbados Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 24 November 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Florence AWMM
      Minqar Qa`im, Egypt AWMM
      1 June 1942 AWMM
      Italians. AWMM
    • WW2
      10 September 1943 AWMM
      Was wounded during a bayonet charge and was attempting to regain own lines was captured after walking into a German post. AWMM
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 57 Gruppignano, Udine, Italy AWMM
      07 Sep 1942-7 May 1943 AWMM
    • WW2
      Germans AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Camp 107/4 San Dona di Piave AWMM
      07 May 1943-10 September 1943 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    • WW2 10 September 1943 AWMM Successfully escaped 10 September 1943 AWMM
    • WW2 Escaped from POW Camp and then again from a train at Verona Station, walked over Brenner Pass to Switzerland, arrived Switzerland 26 February 1944 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 7 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Injured in Battle 28 June 1942 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Malaria AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Caux Hospital recovering from trek to Switzerland AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Married after the war 26 November 1946, and had 4 children

    Entered Burnham Camp 14 June 1940, was at Ngaruawahia 4 September 1940, then spent time in Auckland from 11 November 1940 until embarkation for Fiji 24 November 1940

    Embarked for Egypt 13 September 1941

    In his POW Report dated 4 August 1944: " On 10 September 1943 I escaped by sawing through the bars of a window on which we had been working for some time. In a party of three I attempted to make my way to Jugoslavia. It proved hopeless and we stayed in the Venice area for approx 3 weeks. We were recaptured by the Germans but managed to escape again on Verona Station. We stayed at Valdagna in Verona area for approx one month. We then went to a Communist who was in touch with an organisation."

    Reported safe 3 March 1944

    Gordon served 4 years and 290 days of which all but 274 days were in service overseas

    After the war worked with Griffins, the biscuit manufacturer as a travelling salesman and sales manager

    Increased age at enlistment and gave birth date as 31 March 1919 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 August 1997 AWMM
    Age 77 AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Linwood Avenue
    Christchurch Public - Linda - Child - 13 September 2017 - Family papers
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: Christchurch Press, 29 August 1997 AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 306 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 5: WW2 137 AWMM
    • Unpublished papers: family papers. AWMM
      Letters written whilst Gordon McLeod was a prisoner of War and papers relating to his war experience. Armoury Files held in Museum Archives. AWMM
    • The Christchurch Press AWMM
      Death notice: Christchurch Press, 29 August 1997 AWMM
    • Pringle, D., & Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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