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)

Enlistment Information

Date 10 February 1916 Age 22 years
Address at Enlistment 79 Theodocia Street, Timaru
Occupation Carpenter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs McLeod (mother), Theodocia Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

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

Military Awards

Service Medals
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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

14 November 1917 dangerously wounded

Post-war Occupations



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

Biographical Notes

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 ( [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]

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Researched and Written by

Tony Rippin, South Canterbury Museum; Teresa Scott, SC branch NZSG

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