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Leslie Athol Willcox

Sgt. Leslie Athol Willcox NZ#1290 - Joined 6/1/1940; served first W Patrol then R- Patrol. Military Medal in North Africa in 1940. Wounded in Action 9/19/1942

Sgt. Leslie Athol Willcox NZ#1290

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leslie Athol AWMM
  • Surname
    Willcox AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    1290 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 August 1918 AWMM HaweraTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Paparangi, Kai Iwi, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr C. Willcox (father), Silver Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    31 January 1941 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Willcox, Leslie Athol. (Ref. WO 373/17/27). Military Medal. AWMM

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Prisoner of war

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  • Sergeant L. A. Willcox, MM; Wanganui; born Hawera, 25 Aug 1918; sawmill hand; wounded 19 Sep 1942. (Source: Loughnan, R.J.M. Divisional Cavalry. p.45.)

    'At the same time there came happy news from the LRDG. It had fought the action at Ain Dua and two of the Div Cav men in the unit had been decorated: Lieutenant J. H. Sutherland, MC, and Trooper L. A. Willcox, MM. These men earned the first decorations in the 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force. But with this news also came some of a sterner kind. There had been losses. In the attack on Kufra Corporal Beech had been killed, Lance-Corporals Roderick and Adams taken prisoner, and Trooper Moore reported missing, believed killed in action. He was later reported safe when, great optimist that he is, he was picked up marching steadily towards Tekro, some 300 miles away. The whole regiment was delighted to hear that he was granted the DCM for this feat. Sergeant L. A. Willcox, MM; Wanganui; born Hawera, 25 Aug 1918; sawmill hand; wounded 19 Sep 1942.' (Source: Loughnan, R.J.M. Divisional Cavalry. p. 45.) AWMM
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About death

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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 196 AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.45. AWMM
    • L.R.D.G. Membership Roll February 1970. Long Range Desert Group (N.Z. Association). Auckland Museum EPH-W2-11-27. AWMM
    • O'Carroll, B. (2000). The Kiwi scorpions : the story of the New Zealanders in the Long Range Desert Group. Devon, England: Token Publishing. AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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