HOPKINSON, Leslie Tairatu
(Service number 62872)

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Date 11 July 1899 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 31 July 1917 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment Temuka
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single. Then married Thirza Mary ASHER on 7 June 1919 at Grantham, Lancashire, England
Next of Kin Hartley HOPKINSON (father), Temuka. Later Mrs T. M. HOPKINSON (wife), Grantham, Lancashire, England.
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 136 lbs. Chest measurement 31-34 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes grey. Hair black. Sight - both eyes 5/10. Hearing good. Colour vision normal. Limbs well formed. full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth 'Yes'. No illnesses. free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

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 35th Reinforcements Specialist Company
Date 2 March 1918
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Southampton, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal
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 23 November 1919 Reason Termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 12 February 1965 Age 65 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 13 & 15 February 1965
Memorial or Cemetery Arowhenua Maori Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Leslie Tairatu HOPKINSON was born in 1897 at Temuka, the son of Hartley and Henrietta Huirangatira (née KAPITI) HOPKINSON. Leslie's father was born at Temuka of an English father and Scottish mother, and his mother was born at Morven of Maori parents. Leslie married Thirza Mary ASHER on 7 June 1919 at Grantham, Lancashire, England


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [03 August 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5541 0056581) [25 September 2015], NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5562 0131858) [20 November 2016]; Temuka Leader, 19 May 1908, 3 January 1918 [x 3], 5 January 1918, 11 & 22 November 1919, 22 May 1920, 19 January 1928, Timaru Herald, 8 January 1918, 29 October 1919, Sun, 25 September 1919 (Papers Past) [30 July 2014; 03 August 2014; 26 September 2015; 18 November 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of internal Affairs) [26 September 2015]; Arowhenua Maori Cemetery headstone image ( - LisaPatterson29) [26 September 2015]; Timaru Herald, 13 & 15 February 1965 (Timaru District Library) [17 November 2016]; SCRoll web submission by T Brosnahan, 12 October 2017

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