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Edward Levien

Portrait of Major Edward Levien, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 4 /      F1577 16. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Major Edward Levien, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 4 / F1577 16. Image is subjec …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Levien AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ted AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 11/74 AWMM
    • WWII 1/21/245 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 May 1891 AWMM BullsManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 15 August 1914 AWMM Kimbolton, Fielding, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 9 January 1942 AWMM Kimbolton, Fielding, New Zealand AWMM
    • Main North Road, Otorahanga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • C.E. Levien (father), Ngahuru, Awahuri, Feilding, New Zealand AWMM
    • C.E. Levien (father), Q.M.G. (4), Brandon Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs E.A. Levien (wife), Main North Road, Otorohanga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 8 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone 2 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded 9 August 1915 at Gallipoli, Dardanelles. R shoulder . Rejoined unit at Mudros 3 October 1915. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Tonsilitis 25 July 1917 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Diptheria 30 July 1917 AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cerebro vascular degeneration AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • Inter War 7 September 1919 AWMM
      End of war transferred to Reserve of Officers AWMM
      Major/Military AWMM
      Unknown AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Charles Edward and Joan Levien. Brother of John Julian Levien (11/75) and Arthur Edward Levien (17517)

    Edward Levien enlisted soon after war broke out, with his brother, John Julian Levien (11/75). Both served with the Wellington Mounted Rifles, Edward is recorded as a Sergeant on the Nominal Roll and as Sergeant Major by the family and John Julian as a Trooper. Both trained in Egypt and went on to Gallipoli with their unit. John Julian was killed in action at Gallipoli within months of arriving, on 27 August 1915, aged 20.

    Edward was also wounded at Gallipoli - just days before his brother's death - on August 9 1915. After recovering, he was promoted to Second Lieutenant (21 October 1915).

    That Edward continued to serve his country well is made clear in the various awards and mentions he received. He was mentioned in A. J. Murray's despatch dated 28 June 1917 and was subsequently awarded a Military Cross, which was reported in the London Gazette on 1 January 1918: Shortly after receiving this honour, Edward Levien returned to New Zealand; he is recorded as embarking a second time, with the 41st reinforcements of the Wellington Mounted Rifles, which left New Zealand on October 10, 1918. This time, he embarked as Captain and on March 17, 1919, he was promoted Major.

    Edward served until the end of the war and was discharged on September 7 1919.

    In WW2 served in New Zealand as Captain (temp) 1st August 1941 with the Otorohanga Battalion.

    Served as Captain with the Otorohanga Battalion Home Guard. Attested 1942 and resigned this commission on appointment to the Territorial Force 24 June 1942. Struck off the strength of Territorial Force 8 September 1942, posted to the Reserve of Officers at Wellington 8 September 1943, posted to retired list on 1 November 1956

    Moeraki then transhipped to [HMAT 17]Malta at Sydney for Suez.

    Auckland War Memorial Museum Scars on the Heart WWI " Life At Anzac " display. Display item is the battered hat and sunshade of Second Lieutenant Levien.

    Part of letter (typescript) written by Arthur G Levien (17517) 25 February 1917 from Moascar Camp to his sister Ruth Guthrie (nee Levien) refers to brother Edward Levien (11/74) and is held on file AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 November 1962 AWMM
    Age 71 AWMM
    Te AwamutuWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Hamilton Park Cemetery, 395 Morrinsville Road, Newstead, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM Returned Soldiers Lawn AWMM
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  • Your family remembers you.
    Public - Michelle (Shelly) - Other Relative - 10 April 2015
  • A proud family remembers and honors your service to enable us to have the freedoms we enjoy today
    Public - Elizabeth - Child - 2 February 2015



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10 April 2015Michelle (Shelly)Gisborne, NewZealandOther Relative
02 February 2015ElizabethHastings NZChild

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