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Leslie Edward McAneny


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leslie Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    McAneny AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    31754 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 June 1906 AWMM WanganuiManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
    Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 14 Plunket Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. McAneny (mother), 14 Plunket Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    31754 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Cross (MC) AWMM
    5 November 1942 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for McAneny, Leslie Edward. (Ref. WO 373/22/44). Military Cross. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 4 July 1942 AWMM

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  • Lt L. E. McAneny, MC; New Plymouth; born Wanganui, 12 Jun 1906; banker; wounded 4 Jul 1942.
    (Kay, R. 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. p. 204.) (Source: Kay, R. 27 (Machine Gun Battalion. p.204.)

    'The attack began about 6.30 a.m. The infantry were advancing with fixed bayonets when 12 Platoon mounted its guns. McAneny arranged with several platoon commanders that he would fire when their men went to ground, and when the Vickers stopped the infantry would make another dash. ‘We carried on on these lines under mortar and small arms fire for a time and then fired forward at longer range as 21 Bn troops disappeared from view down a slope, but could not pick up definite targets. The fire of the enemy was very heavy and 12 Pl suffered several casualties.’ Privates O'Donoghue and Muir later died of the wounds they received.
    McAneny saw two men well forward on rising ground; they appeared to be gesticulating to him to go to them. ‘I was not satisfied that my fire was effective and rather than send someone else I decided to go forward myself and reconnoitre.’ The two men turned out to be a forward observation post for the 25- pounders, whose telephone line had been cut. ‘They pointed out to me a heavy enemy mortar position which was well concealed. After taking bearings and ranges I immediately set off back to the guns, but the great difficulty was to retain that very small rocky enemy gun pit in my mind in a country devoid of land marks. On the way back I turned many times to make sure I still had the spot and eventually got to the guns after being blasted over a couple of times by mortar bombs.
    ‘It was necessary to quickly shift the guns which were re-sited on open ground but owing to the slightly rising terrain in front, the gunners could not see the enemy mortar position.’ By standing up McAneny could see it, however, and he laid each gun in turn on the target and opened fire. ‘I think the range was about 2500 yards … and strike was immediately observed dead on. It was then I was wounded…. I heard afterwards that the enemy mortar was silenced by 12 Pl's fire.’
    McAneny was awarded the MC, and Sergeant Knox, who took command and kept the platoon in action in an exposed position, the MM.' (Source: Kay, R. 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. pp. 225-6.) AWMM
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