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Claude Herman Sawyers

Portrait, Weekly News 24 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Weekly News 24 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Claude Herman AWMM
  • Surname
    Sawyers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Leeds AWMM
    • Huck AWMM
    • Leers AWMM
  • Service number
    23206 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 February 1905 AWMM AlbanyWestern Australia AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 229 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Kathleen Sawyers (wife), 229 Mount Albert Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Kathleen Sawyers (wife), 703 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 2 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and 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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Biographical information

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  • Son of Hermann Schiff Leeds and Catherine Eva (nee Bradley) Leeds

    Enlisted 1939, called up in 31 January 1940

    Embarked as a Captain

    Occupation listed on the Nominal Roll as Sales Manager

    Family give address of nok as 309 Remuera Road, Auckland, New Zealand

    Commanding Officer of 5th Field Regiment

    Commanding Officer of 14th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment

    Birth registered as Leeds, a note on the registration "Leeds" read "Leers". Name changed by Deed Poll in 1939 from Leeds to Sawyers AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    18 May 1974 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • The birth name is LEERS - see:- - Marriage of Hermann and Catherine Eva Bradley (NZBDM 1903/5632); - Death of Herman (sic) 20 Jul 1909 Coolgardie (WA-BDM 1909/49); - Birth of Claude (WA-BDM 1905/6216); - Re-marriage of Catherine to William Henry SAWYERS 29 Feb 1910 (NZBDM 1910/1096)
    Public - Gavin D - Other relative - 5 January 2017



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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Birth Certificate 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 421 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 87 AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Murphy, W. (1966). many references AWMM


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05 January 2017Gavin DLindisfarne Tasmania AustraliaOther relative

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