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Leonard Ferguson Crothers

Biography for Leonard Ferguson Crothers. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Co - Dy. Archives New Zealand (R17845609-0260). CC-BY 2.0.

Biography for Leonard Ferguson Crothers. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leonard Ferguson AWMM
  • Surname
    Crothers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ427190 AWMM
    • WWII 427190 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 January 1920 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. D. J. Crothers of Tauranga AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific Theatre of War AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ427190 AWMM
    • WWII 427190 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    • Corporal/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
    • Radio Operator RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
  • Enlistment
  • 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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Son of David James Crothers and Hilda Ann Crothers of Wellington.

    Leonard Crothers was educated at Island Bay School and Wellington College. He studied elocution under Mr W. J. Mountjoy in Wellington, before going overseas to study at a London theatrical school. While in London, he won a gold medal in elocution, and awards for dancing. He starred in two British films in uncredited roles, 'A Yank at Oxford' and 'The Housemaster', which were screened in New Zealand.

    He returned to New Zealand to enlist for the Second World War, but his ship was torpedoed between England and America. He returned to England, before catching another ship home, and worked as a broadcaster in Christchurch before enlisting with the Air Force.

    He saw active service in the Pacific before being invalided home with a serious illness, before dying at home in Wellington.

    Attended Wellington College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    5 October 1944 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Island BayWellington AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM 37. J/3. (S). AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Crothers.– On October 5, 1944, at his parents’ residence, 94 Derwent St., Island Bay, Cpl. Leonard Ferguson, dearly-beloved only son of Mr. and Mrs. David James Crothers; Aged 24. Deeply mourned.

    Published in the Evening Post, 5 October 1944. AWMM
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