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William Claude Leighton

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Claude AWMM
  • Surname
    Leighton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Claude Leighton AWMM
    • Claude Leighton AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 65849 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion
    Brethren AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 January 1889 AWMM GreymouthGrey District AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Marjory P. Leighton (wife), Trafalgar Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 31 December 1917 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 2 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 65849 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Cabinet Maker/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
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5 feet 8 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, WWI AWMM
      Green AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWI AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Complexion, WWI AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      136 lbs. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Leighton was the son of William Robert and Emily Leighton; husband of Phyllis Marjorie Leighton (nee Legg), of Trafalgar St., Onehunga, Auckland

    Brother of Norman Roy Leighton

    Two of his children subsequently went to WW2: Walter Robert Leighton (25661) and Dennis Claude Leighton (297364)

    Listed on the Nominal Rolls and at Archives New Zealand as Claude Leighton

    Served two years with volunteers till shifting to New Plymouth
    Took leave from 4 December 1917 to 22 December 1917
    Left Wellington onboard SS Athenic for Glasgow, Scotland on 31 December 1917, arriving on 25 February 1918
    Marched into camp at Larkhill camp, England on 26 February 1918 being posted to 4th Wellington Infantry Brigade, with rank of Rifleman,
    Then marched to Brocton Camp on 28 February 1918, leaving for France on 28 April 1918, going to Etaples camp on 30 April 1918, Joined Battalion in the field on 2 July 1918 and posted to C Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade.
    Was deprived of 3 days pay after being found to be absent from Tattoo roll call on 2 July 1918
    Was killed in action while in the field on 9 September 1918 (Source:Public Source) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 September 1918 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    HavrincourtFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, Nord, France AWMM VII. C. 5. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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