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Leslie Feldwick

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Memorial Plaque, Bank of New Zealand Arcade, Wellington (Photo Paul Hickford, 2014) - No known copyright restrictions

Memorial Plaque, Bank of New Zealand Arcade, Wellington (Photo Paul Hickford, 2014) - No known copyr …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leslie AWMM
  • Surname
    Feldwick AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 8/202 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 September 1889 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    20 September 1889 Public - Paul - Researcher - 26 February 2015 - Bank of New Zealand Archives.
  • Place of birth
    Kaiapoi, Canterbury, New Zealand Public - Paul - Researcher - 26 February 2015 - Military Personnel File.
  • Birth notes
    Parents: Edwin and Mary Ann (nee Ball) Feldwick. Public - Paul - Researcher - 26 February 2015 - New Zealand Births Deaths and Marriages register.
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Gore, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Edwin Feldwick (father), 215 Wilson's Road, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 8/202 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Tahuna Park, Dunedin Public - Phil - Researcher - 12 March 2017 - A. E. Byrne. “Official History of the Otago Regiment”
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM OtagoNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Joined Bank of New Zealand on 4 October 1906 and at Gore branch at time of enlistment. Public - Paul - Researcher - 26 February 2015 - Bank of New Zealand Archives.
  • Age on enlistment
    25 years Public - Phil - Researcher - 12 March 2017 - Military Personnel File

Embarkations

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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 in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Edwin and Mary Ann Feldwick, of Christchurch; husband of Mrs. K. E. Feldwick, of 413, Wilson's Rd., Christchurch, New Zealand.

      Text of the Memorial plaque, Bank of New Zealand Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand: 'In Memoriam: The names inscribed upon this tablet are those of officers of the Bank of New Zealand who laid down their lives in the Great War AD 1914-1919 waged against the nations of central Europe - Germany, Austria, Turkey and Bulgaria - who sought by force of arms to obtain world-wide dominion. In honour of their patriotism and valour. In admiration of their sacrifice. And in grateful perpetuation of their glorious and ennobling memory this monument is reverently dedicated. Their Name Liveth for Evermore.'

      Bank of New Zealand Staff Member. AWMM
    • Private Leslie Feldwick was born on 20 September 1889 at Kaiapoi near Christchurch. He was the fifth of eight children to Edwin and Mary Ann Feldwick of Linwood, Christchurch. Leslie’s three brothers also served during WW1. His brother Ralph was a Private in the Canterbury Regiment and was killed in action here on 25 April 1915 and is remembered on Lone Pine Memorial.

      Leslie Feldwick was a bank clerk with the Bank of New Zealand in the Gore branch. When he was in Christchurch, he played for Christchurch Football Club and was a member of the unbeaten 1911 President's Cup team with no points scored against it.

      Leslie Feldwick signed up with the Otago Infantry Regiment on 14 August 1914 at Milton. After completing his training at Tahuna Park in Dunedin, he embarked with the Main Body on 22 September at Port Chalmers. Prior to embarking, he married Kate Ellen McPhail of Opawa, Christchurch. The Main Body departed on 16 October and arrived in Egypt on 3 December where they trained.

      Shortly after 2.30 pm on 25 April 1915 the first troops of Otago Infantry landed at ANZAC. By 4 pm the Battalion had completed landing. As each Company waded ashore it hurriedly formed up under the shelter of the steep ledges which overhung the beach and were eventually directed to Plugge's Plateau.

      In early May, the Otago Regiment was tasked with capturing the line between Quinn's Post and Walker's Ridge thereby protecting Monash Gully below.

      “Swept by fire from the Turkish trenches, assailed by showers of bombs, confronted by the constant threat of being overwhelmed, cut off from all support, and from supplies of food, water and ammunition, and given up as lost, they grimly retained their hold on this advanced position for a period of three days. In the end, the only course open to them was to withdraw under cover of darkness.”

      “Otago suffered badly, losing practically half its strength in both officers and men. The net results in respect of ground permanently gained were nil.” (A. E. Byrne. “Official History of the Otago Regiment”)

      It was during this action that Leslie Feldwick was reported wounded.

      He was reported in the Otago Witness on 23 June as “Convalescent - Previously Reported Wounded”. On 18 August, the newspapers updated his status to “Previously reported wounded; now after searching inquiries, reported wounded and missing”. Not knowing must have been harrowing for his wife and family. It was not until nine months later on 5 February 1916 that a Court of Inquiry concluded he was “Believed to be Killed” on 2 May 1915. His remains were discovered in 1919 by the Imperial War Graves Unit which had returned to Gallipoli after the war to bury the dead in the cemeteries that exist today.

      His wife Kate never remarried. She went on to train as a Nurse at Wellington Hospital, achieving the top marks in the 1920 State nursing examination. She died in Christchurch on 22 October 1940 aged 51. Public - Phil - Researcher - 12 March 2017 - A. E. Byrne. “Official History of the Otago Regiment
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    2 May 1915 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Quinn's Post Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey AWMM B. 2. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Memorial plaque, Bank of New Zealand (Officers of the BNZ who laid down their lives in the Great War AD 1914-1919), BNZ Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM

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  • Leslie and his brother Ralph both surrendered their lives at Gallipoli. Another brother, Edwin Lloyd served with the Australian Imperial Force and survived the war.
    Public - Paul - Researcher - 26 February 2015
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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • Bank of New Zealand officers who enlisted for military service in the First World War. Research completed by Paul Hickford (2014-2017). AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 225 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. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM

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08 November 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
12 March 2017PhilAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
26 February 2015PaulWest Auckland, New ZealandResearcher

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