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Leslie Ralfe Curtis

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 24), Page: 25 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 24), Page: 25 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leslie Ralfe AWMM
  • Surname
    Curtis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    26/53 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 October 1888 AWMM StratfordTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
    Motor business/Civilian AWMM
    Stratford Motors, Inglewood Motors, and Opunake Motors AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C.R. Curtis (mother), Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 February 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Auckland Grammar Cadets AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    Garage Proprietor/Civilian 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded in leg, chest and arm in the Battle of the Somme AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Renal failure AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Awarded the Logan Campbell shooting medal at Auckland Grammar School.

    Family note he was a law clerk at WW1 enlistment and a sniper with the Rifle Brigade

    After being wounded in the Battle of the Somme, he helped with the upkeep of ambulances at the Walton on Thames.

    Married Mara Lyford, an English ambulance driver, and started a transport business after the war.

    During WW2, Curtis served as a Captain with Army Transport in New Zealand. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 November 1987 AWMM
    Age 99 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, New Zealand AWMM RSA Area AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: NZ Herald, 28 November 1987

    Death notice: Taranaki Daily News, 28 November 1987 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      24: 25 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: 28 November 1987 AWMM
    • Taranaki Daily News AWMM
      Death notice: 28 November 1987 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. 4: Includes portrait AWMM

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