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Leonard Arthur Williams

Photograph of Leonard Arthur Williams, 1503. Taken before embarkation December 1939, Aged 25. Image kindly provided by Lawrence Williams (March 2019). Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Photograph of Leonard Arthur Williams, 1503. Taken before embarkation December 1939, Aged 25. Image …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leonard Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Williams AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 1503 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 January 1914 AWMM TottenhamMiddlesex AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 3 Beresford Street, Bayswater, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mrs E. Williams (mother), 338 White Hart Lane, London N.17, England, United Kingdom AWMM
    • WW2 Jessica Harriet Williams (wife) c/o Mrs F Bloomfield, Otunui via Taumarunui AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Single AWMM
    • Married/WWII AWMM
      Married to Jessica Harriet Bloomfield, 16th August 1941 at the Methodist Church, Papakura. AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 1503 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 20 September 1939 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Labourer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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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  • Medical notes
    • Medical, WWII AWMM
      Resucitated after nearly drowning - 28th August 1940 AWMM
    • Medical, WWII AWMM
      Dysentery - 2nd September 1940 AWMM
    • Medical, WWII AWMM
      Dysentery Amoebic - 9th October 1940. Since discharge from amoebic dysentery had trouble with Eyes AWMM
    • Medical, WWII AWMM
      Cerebral Contusion 12th February 1941 - After he nearly drowned at Berka-el Arab his eyes began to give him trouble at the 2/5 General Hospital at Alexandria. They would 'dazzle' and he could not focus his eyes properly, found the letter would move. He began to get headaches while in Hospital with Amoebic Dysentery, and was very nervous with the Air Raids. These symptons have persisted and now he has sharp pains in the head frontal and above the ears. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Father was Arthur Lawrence Williams, Mother Elsie Annie Williams (nee Jones).

    Embarked for Suez on the 5th of January 1940, disembarked on the 12th of February 1940.

    Resuscitated after nearly drowning on the 28th August 1940, while he was recovering in Hospital he had dysentery. This reoccured after a fortnight and spent another month in Hospital. Around December 1941 he began to suffer from headaches and nervy. Readmitted to Hospital on the 12th Feb 1941 with diagnosis of cerebral contusion - dysentery and flu. Got better at Convalescent Depot at the end of April. Volunteered for special duty which brought him back to New Zealand.

    Returned to New Zealand in June 1941 and posted to the Artillery Training Regiment 8th Reinforcements in Trentham. Contracted Influenza in September 1941. Posted Absent without Leave from the 2nd October 1941 to the 20h of October 1941 - sentenced to 21 days detention.

    Began to have severe pains in the head and nervousness which began occuring whilst in Egypt in November 1940. Now (Nov 1941) complains of severe pain in the head and nervousness, especially intolerance of noise. Diagonised with Anxiety Neurosis on the 22nd November 1941. Medical board agreed the Disability was a result of Military Service abroad, but the degree of disability was less than 20% Disability permanent but will decrease. Declared Permanently unfit for active service overseas or home defence. Grade III.

    Discharged on the 2nd of January 1942 - due to being medically unfit for Active Service. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    21 February 1988 AWMM
    Age 74 AWMM
    KaitaiaNorthland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Maunu Park Crematorium AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
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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 197 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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