NOHLETY, Leonard
(Service number 6/2715)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 26 June 1891 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date 17 April 1915 Age 23
Address at Enlistment C/- EW Bruce, Stafford St,Timaru
Occupation Plasterer
Previous Military Experience Ashburton Guards (3 years)
Marital Status single
Next of Kin Mrs Kennedy (sister), Methven or C/- Mrs Rosil, Head St, Sumner
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information 5ft 7in, 126lbs, fair complexion, grey eyes, light brown hair

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 6th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 14 August 1915
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian, Western Front
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1914-15 Star
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 6 June 1919 Reason Discharged on termination of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Gunshot wounds right leg, left thigh

Post-war Occupations



Date 11 May 1925 Age 34
Place of Death Christchurch
Cause TB, isthemia, heart failure
Memorial or Cemetery Bromley, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 27, Plot 68 8
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Leonard Nohelty was born in Christchurch on 26 July 1890, the son of Edward Nohelty and his wife Julia (nee O’Connell).

By the time he joined up on 17 April 1915 both his parents were dead – so he gave his sister as his next of kin (Mrs Kennedy of Methven, later Sumner). He was described as being 23 years old, a plasterer working for EW Bruce of Stafford Street, Timaru, weighing 5ft 7in, 126lbs, with fair complexion, grey eyes, and light brown hair, and a Roman Catholic. He had previously served with the Ashburton Guards for three years. He was attached to the 6th Reinforcements of the Canterbury Infantry Battalion and embarked at Wellington on 14 February 1915 for Suez and Egypt. He remained in Egypt until April 1916 when he was sent to France. There he was slightly wounded in Armentieres in May, but managed to remain on duty. Nohelty was wounded in action again on 12 October 1917 with gunshot wounds to his right leg and left thigh. He embarked for England on 15 October and spent the next six months recuperating there. Nohelty was once again attached to the strength at Codford on 13 April 1918 and transferred to the NZ Provost Corps in September 1918. There he was promoted to Lance Corporal, but was put back to private after a misdemeanour the following February. He was finally discharged on 6 June 1919.

On his return in 1919 an electoral roll shows her returned to being a plasterer in Timaru, listed as c/- Mrs McKnight, George St, Timaru. Nohelty went on to marry Olive Hilda Scarf in 1922 and his only child Maurice Leonard Nohelty was born that year. Leonard Nohelty died only three short years later, aged 34, in Christchurch on 11 May 1925 of TB, isthemia, and heart failure, his death said to be attributable to his war service. He is buried in Bromley Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database [August 2021]; Assorted records at [August 2021]; Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database at

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