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Leslie Frederick Pester

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leslie Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Pester AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    285281 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1943 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    285281 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 1943 2NZEF Nom. Roll 12, p.153 Tractor driver/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 12, p.153
    ChristchurchCanterbury 2NZEF Nom. Roll 12, p.153
  • 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

Biographical information

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  • Leslie Pester was the son of Edward Thomas Pester and of Gertrude Pester (nee Barwell), of St. Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand.

    An article in the Western Leader, 27 October 2011, p. 7 mentions the diary of Douglas Strid, a member of 24 Battalion, who wrote in his war time diary about the death of eight of his colleagues on 1 January 1945 and their burials. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    1 January 1945 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Faenza War Cemetery, Italy AWMM IV. D. 7. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Remembering you on this day for your courageous fight to keep us all safe. Miranda
    Public - Miranda - Other relative - 25 April 2016
  • With ANZAC day approaching my thoughts turn to you Uncle Leslie, although I never met you I have the pleasure of carrying you name forward.
    Public - LESLIE GRAEME - Other Relative - 24 April 2015
  • Always remembered by his remaining nieces and nephews. Loved brother of our late mother.
    Public - Barbara - Other Relative - 20 April 2015



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Western Leader AWMM
      27 October 2011, p. 7 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
      p.153 AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
15 March 2022Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
25 April 2016MirandaNew ZealandOther relative
24 April 2015LESLIE GRAEMERangiora New ZealandOther Relative
20 April 2015BarbaraAuckland, New ZealandOther Relative

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