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Leslie Potter

Portrait (without cap) from The Weekly News; 16 August 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright
Portrait (without cap) from The Weekly News; 16 August 1944 … Read more


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leslie AWMM
  • Surname
    Potter AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 18500 AWMM
    • WWII 81777 AWMM
    • WWII 30003 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 September 1894 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 10 August 1916 AWMM Unknown AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM C/o C.J. Steedman, Bank of New Zealand, Tauranga AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM C/o C.J. Steedman, Bank of New Zealand, Tauranga AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • John Potter (father), Avondale, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs T. Potter (wife), c/o C.J. Steedman, Bank of New Zealand, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs T. Potter (wife), c/o C.J. Steedman, Bank of New Zealand, Tauranga, 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
    Graduated from Royal Military College Duntroon, Australia, 1915 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    Wounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
    Wounded in June 1917 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Promoted to Captain, 15 March 1917.

      Served as Adjutant of 4 (Reserve) Battalion and 2 Battalion, Otago Regiment

      Promoted to Lt Colonel and served as General Staff Officer grade 1 (GSO1) of New Zealand Northern Military District (NMD), 1942-42.

      Promoted to Brigadier and commanded 14 New Zealand Infantry Brigade in the Solomon Islands campaigns, 1943-44.

      Commanded New Zealand Central Military District (CMD), 1944-45.

      Commanded J Force, Japan, 1946. AWMM
    • N.Z.S.C. Public - Dale - Researcher - 13 October 2017 - Officers' Book, 14th Brigade, N.Z.E.F.I.P.
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About death

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  • Death
    7 April 1964 AWMM
    Age 69 AWMM
    TaurangaTauranga AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • I am the grandson of this fine man of whom I am very proud, his oldest daughter Joan was my mother and she loved him very much, I have his picture and medals hanging in my home and look at him most days.
    Apparently he was very fond of Whiskey which apart from looking very much like him I seem to have inherited.
    Go well Granddad.
    Public - Jeremy - Direct descendant - 17 October 2019
  • I am his great granddaughter and I am very proud of him!
    Public - Charli - Other relative - 23 April 2017
  • I am his daughter His date of death was actually 7 March 1964
    Public - Mary - Child - 11 November 2016
  • this is my great grandfather and i am really really proud of him. !!!!
    Public - Lucy - Other Relative - 22 April 2015



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17 October 2019Jeremy WhangareiDirect descendant
24 April 2017LucAKL.NZOther relative
23 April 2017CharliNew Zealand Other relative
11 November 2016MaryTaurangaChild
22 April 2015LucyAuckland New ZealandOther Relative
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