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Leonard Arthur Townrow

Portrait, taken at Calgary, Canada, 25 April 1942. - This image may be subject to copyright
Portrait, taken at Calgary, Canada, 25 April 1942. - This im … Read more


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leonard Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Townrow AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ415041 AWMM
    • WWII 415041 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 August 1920 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs R. Townrow (mother), C/o Public Trust, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    Sales Person/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Leeuwarden, Holland AWMM
      27 May 1943 AWMM
    • WW2
      Holland, South Africa AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Critically wounded with internal Injuries 1943 AWMM
    • Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of injuries whilst a Prisoner of War AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Leonard Townrow was the son of Mr W.H. Townrow, the Schoolhouse, Outram, New Zealand.

    He joined the army in 1940, but transferred to RNZAF in 1941.

    Went to Canada on Empire Air Training Scheme.

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    24 April 1944 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    LeeuwardenHolland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Leeuwarden Northern General Cemetery, Friesland, Netherlands AWMM Row 1. Grave 5. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: Otago Daily Times AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Hello, I live in Leeuwarden and am a regular visitor of Len's grave at the Northern Cemetary. Because it's impossible to adopt it I take care of it a bit so now and then. Years ago I found a very impressive article about Leonard in the newspaper I used to work for. I was touched by the fact he lived eleven months in hospital after his Lancaster was shot down by the Germans in 1943. All alone in a room and he never got any letters. Years later German Ruth Klose from Hamburg who nursed him gave his family back some personal belongings like his wristwatch. I would be very pleased if someone could bring me in contact with his familiy. Best regards, Gerry (Gerrit Jan)
    Public - Gerrit Jan - Researcher - 23 December 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
    • Chorley, W. (1996). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses 1943 (Vol. 4). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. AWMM
      Vol. 4 Aircraft and Crew Losses 1943. AWMM
    • Otago Daily Times AWMM
      Death Notice AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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