RICHARDS, Leslie Spencer
(Service number 60991)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||2 September 1892||Place of Birth|
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|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs K. RICHARDS (mother), 335 Otipua Road, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||30th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company|
|Date||13 October 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Liverpool, England|
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Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Wounded 11-14 April 1918. Gassed on 1st May 1918 & admitted to hospital in France between 1st & 5th May.
|Date||21 August 1972||Age||80 yrs|
|Place of Death||Timaru|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Services Section, Row 156, Plot 64|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of John Deeton Charles & Catherine (Kate) Elizabeth (nee POLHILL) RICHARDS, of Timaru. Brother Edward Sydney RICHARDS served in the Australian Forces & died at Gallipoli. returned to Lyttelton, NZ, by 'Carpentaria', 17 May 1919. He was one of the South Canterbury and Otago men who travelled south by special train on 19 May 1919. On arrival at Timaru the soldiers were given a hearty welcome by relatives and friends. Ladies from the Patriotic Society distributed baskets of fruit and cigarettes. The Mayor (Mr W. C. Raymond) addressed the men extending the heartiest of welcomes on behalf of the citizens of Timaru, he hoped they would soon forsake the uniform for civilian clothes and would take up civilian duties, and he was sure they would be as successful as they had been at the front. Honoured at social in Rangitata Island school in September 1919
Cenotaph Database [01 December 2013]; TDC headstone image, Timaru Cemetery [01 December 2013]; NZ BDM indexes (DiA) [01 December 2013]; Timaru Herald, 14 May 1918 [x 2], 7 May 1919, 20 May 1919 (Papers Past) [01 December 2013; 19 April 2014].
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