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Leslie Alexander Dike

Group, WW2, three soldiers, Leslie Dike standing on right with cigarette in his left hand (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Group, WW2, three soldiers, Leslie Dike standing on right with cigarette in his left hand (kindly pr …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leslie Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Dike AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    12377 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 April 1908 AWMM KaneriaVictoria AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 16 May 1940 AWMM C/o C.E. Wright, Commerce Street, Frankton, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Ellen Dike (mother), 10 Seddon Avenue, Waihi, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 August 1940 AWMM Divorced AWMM
    Divorced, 1 child AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • North Africa AWMM
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
    • Operation Lustre AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    12377 AWMM
  • Military service
    Cadets and Territorials 6 years AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Cookery AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 16 May 1940 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    Fish Curer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Egypt, North Africa AWMM
      13 December 1941 AWMM
      Medic in Egypt AWMM
    • WW2 POW - PG 66, Capu, Italy AWMM
      25 March 1942 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - PG 52, La Chiavari, Italy WW2 POW Medically Unfit (R25405151)
      21 May 1942 AWMM
      transferred AWMM
    • WW2 POW - PG 57, Gruppignano, Udine, Italy WW2 POW Medically Unfit (R25405151)
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    • WW2 16 May 1943 AWMM Repatriated to Egypt , protected personnel and then to New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 15 July 1943 WW2 POW Medically Unfit (R25405151) Returned to New Zealand AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 8 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Married first, and daughter Joy; second wife Kath and also children

    In the New Zealand Medical Corps as a non medic. Attached to base as a cook. Service record unclear for details of time in Crete and at time of capture as POW

    Listed missing believed POW 13 December 1941, confirmed February 1942

    Was amongst the POWs repatriated from Italy in 1943 and listed ion the NZHerald 18 May 1943

    Returned to NZ on the Hospital Ship Oranje, admitted to the ship's hospital

    Death notice does not mention first wife or daughter. Mother's address on the Nominal Roll is Hazard Street, Waihi AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 September 1978 AWMM
    WaihiNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waihi Public Cemetery, Hauraki District, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, September 1978 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • 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 124 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      A few invalids: 28 Aucklanders returned. (1943, 18 May). AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: September 1978 AWMM
    • Prisoners of War 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force - Repatriated Medically Unfit Protected Personnel [WW2 POW Medically Unfit], 1943 [1946], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAAA 7393/1/v (R25405151) AWMM

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