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John Dunstan Lawley Leech

Portrait of John Leech (kindly provided by Jo Sunbeam April 2011) - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait of John Leech (kindly provided by Jo Sunbeam April 2011) - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Dunstan Lawley AWMM
  • Surname
    Leech AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    John Dunstan Lawlor Leech AWMM
  • Service number
    • 2262 AWMM
    • 12/1135 AWMM
    • 12/1155 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 September 1879 AWMM ReeftonWest Coast AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Born in Reefton, West Coast, South Island, not Kaipara Northland. Public - Jo-Anne - Other relative - 20 April 2016 - Family Records. NZBDM record
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 27 March 1900 AWMM Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Defence Office, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • William Haydon Leech, Photographer, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Sophia Leech (wife), C/o Messrs. H. Smith and Co.,Te Whaka, Lyttelton, New Zealand AWMM
    • Wife Sophia Leech died in Christchurch in Oct 1915. Public - Jo-Anne - Other relative - 20 April 2016 - Newspapers and family records and Death cert
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Married AWMM
    • Married 1907 in Lyttleton, Christchurch. Public - Jo-Anne - Other relative - 20 April 2016 - Marriage record and family records


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
    • South Africa 27 March 1900 AWMM
      Age 23 AWMM
      Soldier/Military AWMM
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Regular Soldier Public - Jo-Anne - Other relative - 20 April 2016 - Remained in service from Boer War
  • 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 foot 8 inches AWMM
    • Medical, Pre WWI AWMM
      1909 tubercular, sent to Cambridge Sanitorium AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of William Haydon Leech and Paulena Constance Leech; husband of Sophia (nee Crawford) Leech. Of Reefton, Greymouth, New Zealand

    Attended school in Reefton

    Incorrectly listed on the Nominal Roll as John Dunstan Lawlor Leech.

    Father was named William Haydon Leech. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    19 May 1915 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Helles, Turkey AWMM Special Memorial C. 303. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Hamilton Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East, 3216 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Leave a tribute or memory of John Dunstan Lawley Leech

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  • In memory of my g g uncle, John Dunstan Lawley Leech, born in Reefton, New Zealand, Served in Boer War in the "Fighting Fifths" with his brother Edward William Horatio Leech. Son of William Haydon Lawley Leech and Pauline Constance Augarde. J D L Leech had no children and although he was married his wife died in October 1915. All your medals and plaques etc have been now donated to the Nelson Museum as Reefton was part of Nelson in the years you were there. We will never forget you.
    Public - Jo-Anne - Other Relative - 19 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Stowers, R. (2002). Rough Riders at War: history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents. Author: Hamilton, N.Z. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 412 AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
20 August 2019AndrewAuckland, NZOther
20 April 2016Jo-AnneOamaruOther relative

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