(Service number 54058)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank|
|Date||5 March 1874||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||J. LEAL (brother), Blacksmith, Balclutha|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||27th Reinforcements G Company|
|Date||16 July 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Liverpool, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 3rd|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||4 January 1918||Age||43 yrs|
|Place of Death||France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Buttes New British Cemetery (NZ) Memorial, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru|
Thomas LEAL (Tommy) was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth LEAL. His brother, John LEAL, also served in WWI. Thomas left Timaru on 30 April 1917, at short notice because of transport rearrangements.
Cenotaph Database [07 May 2014]; CWGC [09 August 2014]; Timaru Herald, 30 April 1917 (Papers Past) [16 September 2014]
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