RICHARDS, Leslie Spencer
(Service number 60991)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 2 September 1892 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Flour-miller
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs K. RICHARDS (mother), 335 Otipua Road, Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 30th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 13 October 1917
Transport Corinthic
Embarked From Wellington Destination Liverpool, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Wounded 11-14 April 1918. Gassed on 1st May 1918 & admitted to hospital in France between 1st & 5th May.

Post-war Occupations


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

Biographical Notes

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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