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Joseph Leslie Leach

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Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 409 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 409 - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph Leslie AWMM
  • Surname
    Leach AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Les Leach AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 6/2196 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 December 1897 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM Little Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM Unknown address AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 Mrs Mary Leach (mother), Karamea, Westport, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Mrs Leach (mother), Greymouth, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 6/2196 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 15 April 1919 AWMM Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Beth.

    Underaged, he enlisted when only 16 years old. Was wounded at Gallipoli, sent back to NZ to recover, and then shipped back to war in France where a shell burst fractured his skull. He spent some time in hospital in England before being invalided home.

    On his return to NZ he worked as a civil engineer for some time before owning hotels in Akaroa and Auckland.

    He married in 1966 at the age of 70. Together with his wife Beth he lived in Auckland for many years before moving to Port Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia.

    In April 1987, in an interview, he said 'The Gallipoli campaign was terribly wrong, a big mistake, a failure.' New Zealand Herald 3 October 1987.

    He was only one of two surviving NZ-born veterans of the Gallipoli Campaign when he died in October 1997. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 October 1997 AWMM
    Age 99 AWMM
    SydneyNew South Wales AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 409 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      57: 33 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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