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Arthur Leef

Portrait from The Weekly News; 2 August 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 2 August 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright


Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 99 Molesworth Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A. Leef (mother), Whirinaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 July 1943 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    805114 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Clerk 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
    Died from Natural Causes, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died on active service AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Arthur Leef was the son of Busby and Addie Leef, of Whirinaki.

    Attended Sacred Heart College, Auckland 1937 - 1940

    Name typed as Arthur Leaf in Leaf, J. (1983) p. 262 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    26 May 1944 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VI. C. 5. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Memorial Cup, Sacred Heart College, Auckland, Rowing trophy presented by Mrs Busby-Leef AWMM
    • Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM

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  • I am his great Niece 3rd eldest child of 13 children daughter of his sister Louisa May Leaf to mums second marriage George Grey Edmonds
    We will always remember him mum always spoke about him and the photo which always hung in our home
    Arohamai Evonxxxxxxx
    Public - Evon - Direct descendant - 10 April 2021
  • MR Arthur Leef was the brother of my grandmother Louisa May Edmonds (Leef). GONE BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN LOVE ALWAYS
    Public - joanna - Direct descendant - 22 November 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      The Weekly News 1944 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 112 AWMM
    • Leaf, J.M. (1990). Leaf family reunion, 1832-1990. Kaikohe, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • Confortare. Auckland, N.Z.: Sacred Heart College. AWMM
      In profile: Arthur Leef. (2008, October). Confortare, Auckland, N.Z.: Sacred Heart College. p. 4 AWMM
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
15 February 2022Ian Banks Taumarunui New ZealandResearcher
10 April 2021EvonDargaville New Zealand Direct descendant
22 November 2015joanna dargaville new zealandDirect descendant

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