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Eric Leslie Desmond Lees

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 412 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 412 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eric Leslie Desmond AWMM
  • Surname
    Lees AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 6/1228 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 August 1891 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    16th August 1891 Public - Kerry - Researcher - 7 July 2017 - Service Records
  • Place of birth
    Christchurch, New Zealand Public - Kerry - Researcher - 7 July 2017 - Service Records
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM 102 Taranaki Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 A.H. Lees, Martinborough, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 6/1228 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) AWMM
      London Gazette 3.6.1919 AWMM
    • 1914-15 Star
      British War Medal
      Victory Medal
      Meritorious Service Medal, New Zealand Provost Corps
      “In recognition of valuable service rendered with the armies in France and Flanders.”
      War Medal 1939-45
      Australian Service Medal
      French Medal of Honour with swords in Bronze LG, 1st June 1920 Page 6034 Public - Kerry - Researcher - 7 July 2017 - New Zealand and Australian service records

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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • He was living in New South Wales, Australia with his wife Malca in 1939, occupation was shown as Commonwealth Investigation Branch, NSW Police Force. He enlisted with the Provost Corps as a Lieutenant (N60230) on 13th March 1940.He was appointed Guard Captain at the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp on 8th September 1943 and was appointed Camp Commandant of “D” Camp, number 12 Group. This camp housed Formosans and Korean Prisoners of War. He was promoted Major on 25th January 1944 and was present at the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp when the Japanese prisoners attempted a mass break out. The below information comes from a Newspaper article about the Japanese breakout from “B” Camp on the 5th August 1944:
    “When the Japanese broke out off “B” Camp, groups off Japanese ran towards “D” Camp and Lieutenant Aisbett and three off his men, they had no chance in stopping the onslaught, so they ran towards the southern end of Broadway and to large double gates. They reached them just in time, opened the gates, and closed them behind them. Major Eric Lees, “D” Camp Commandant, then ordered his men to open fire. By this time several huts were on fire, the flames silhouetting the seething mass of prisoners as they charged the wire”. Public - Kerry - Researcher - 7 July 2017 - Newspaper clips and service records
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About death

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  • Death
    2 July 1954 Public Source
  • Date of death
    2nd July 1954 Public - Kerry - Researcher - 7 July 2017 - Death records
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    New South Wales, Australia Public - Kerry - Researcher - 7 July 2017 - Death records
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    Page No: 412 AWMM


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07 July 2017KerryBeaconsfield, AustraliaResearcher

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