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Leonard Arthur Sprosen

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leonard Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Sprosen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 72378 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 August 1897 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 18 September 1917 AWMM 67 Clyde Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Harry Lionel Sprosen (father), 67 Clyde Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 June 1918 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 72378 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 18 September 1917 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
    DunedinOtago AWMM
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Leonard Sprosen was the son of Harry Lionel Sprosen and Annie Sprosen (nee Bastings). Harry Sprosen was a prominent Dunedin identity and for over 50 years his pharmacy in the Octagon was known as Sprosen's Corner. He (Harry) was a son of Henry Sprosen who emigrated from England to take part in the Central Otago gold rush in the 1860s.

    Len attended Union Street School, Selwyn College and Otago Boys High School in Dunedin before enlisting at the age of 20.

    He is described in the Defence Department records as being 5ft 10 inches and 140 lbs when he enlisted. Chest measurements were 32 inches (minimum and 35 inches (maximum. He was considered to have good eyesight and to be physcially fit. He had brown hair, a fair complexion and grey eyes.

    After training in New Zealand he served in Ismailia from August 1918 until he embarked on the Kaikorua on 6 March 1919 for New Zealand.

    He was part of the 38th Reinforcements to leave New Zealand

    During his service he lost four days pay as a punishment for being absent without leave in June 1918. It appears that he overstayed his home leave before departure for Egypt.

    His total service was one year and 139 days and was discharged due to illness contracted on active service.

    After returning from active service he joined the National Bank and after his marriage to Muriel Bennetts was transferred to Blenheim. He spent his entire career with the bank moving to Christchurch and finally back to Dunedin.

    He is survived by two sons, Jack Fredrick Sprosen of Auckland and Derek James Sprosen of Dunedin. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    6 December 1987 AWMM
    Age 90 AWMM
    DunedinOtago AWMM
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  • So proud and grateful for everything you did for us granddad xxx
    Public - clare - Other Relative - 15 March 2015



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  • External links
    Military personnel file
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume IV. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      85: 17 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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