McLEOD, Malcolm Alexander
(Service number 13506)
|Aliases||Sandy or Alex|
|First Rank||Lance Corporal||Last Rank||Trooper|
|Date||21 January 1894||Place of Birth||Fairlie (or Timaru)|
|Date||10 February 1916||Age||22 years|
|Address at Enlistment||79 Theodocia Street, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs McLeod (mother), Theodocia Street, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF)|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||13th Reinforcements New Zealand Army Service Corps|
|Date||27 May 1916|
|Transport||Willochra or Tofua|
|Embarked From||Wellington, NZ||Destination||Plymouth, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
14 November 1917 dangerously wounded
|Date||5 November 1957||Age||63 years|
|Place of Death||Geraldine|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Geraldine Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Services Section, Row 505, Plot 16|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Malcolm Alexander McLeod was born on 21 January 1894 at Fairlie (or Timaru). M Konings recounts he "... was known to his family as Sandy" and by others as Alex, he was the youngest son of Malcolm and Johnina (née Bain) McLeod. Along with his siblings, he was educated at Burke’s Pass School. From there he went to Waimataitai School when his parents moved to Timaru in early 1905. Malcolm A. McLeod was successful in gaining the Standard VI certificate of proficiency at the Timaru Technical School in October 1908. He appears to have later returned for further training as the 1914 roll book of Timaru Technical School also has an entry for Malcom Alexander McLeod of Theodosia St, Timaru. He was studying building construction and his date of birth appears to have been listed incorrectly as December 1893.
Working as a carpenter, single, Presbyterian, and living at home, when he enlisted on 10 February 1916, he named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs McLeod, Theodocia Street, Timaru. Lance corporal M. A. McLeod embarked at Wellington with the Army Service Corps of the 13th Reinforcements on 27 May 1916. He was dangerously wounded on 14 November 1917, his being the only Canterbury name on Casualty List No 721. In December he was pronounced as out of danger. After seeing a good deal of fighting in Palestine, he was invalided home, arriving at Timaru on 26 March 1918.
After the war Malcolm turned to shepherding, which occupation he was engaged in at Orarir Gorge Station when his name was drawn in the 1940 ballot for World War Two. Malcolm Alexander McLeod married Barbara Mary Elizabeth Lysaght in 1943. A war pensioner, he died on 5 November 1957 at Geraldine, aged 63, and was buried in the Geraldine Cemetery, his grave marked by a services plaque. His wife survived him; also one brother and his four sisters. His eldest brother, John Duncan McLeod, served with the Australian forces in the war.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [20 April 2021]; SCRoll web submission from M Konings, 30 January 2015; Timaru Technical School Rolls [SCRoll web submission from J James, Mountainview High School, 8 April 2015]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [17 April 2021]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [17 April 2021]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [19 April 2021]; Geraldine Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [17 April 2021]; Timaru Herald, 20 October 1908, 22 November 1917, 15 December 1917, 27 March 1918, 7 November 1928 (Papers Past) [19 & 20 April 2021]
Researched and Written by
Tony Rippin, South Canterbury Museum; Teresa Scott, SC branch NZSG
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