TRUMPER, Leslie Henry
(Service number 6/1741)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 23 February 1895 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 20 December 1914 Age 19
Address at Enlistment Ohape, Temuka, New Zealand
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience Territorials (NZ)
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin B. Trumper (father), Ohape, Temuka, South Canterbury, New Zealand
Religion Church of England
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 3rd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 14 February 1915
Transport Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With 2nd Second Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian 1915, Balkans (Gallipoli) 1915
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star, British Medal, and Victory 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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 9 September 1952 Age 57
Place of Death Fairlie
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Leslie was the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Trumper (nee Benbow). Leslie was enrolled at the Milford School 2 Jan 1900, passing Standard on 5 August 1907, after which he left school for home.

Leslie was farming at Ohape, Temuka and in February 1914 when, at the height of the seasonal work schedule, he was reported as appearing in court along with others for "failing to render personal service under the Defence Act, in absenting themselves from parades and drills without leave" and fined 20/-. At the time Leslie was a member of the NZ Territorials, and of the age that attendance at parades was compulsory.

After enlisting in 1915 and proceeding overseas Leslie served in Gallipoli and Egyptian theatres of operation in 1915. While on service the Evening Post of 22 September 1915 listed Leslie as 'dangerously ill' - recording: "Canterbury Battalion. Trumper, Leslie Henry, 6/1741, Pte. (B. Trumper, Ohape, Temuka, father)". Suffering from typhoid due to the terrible conditions at the front, he was only noted as out of danger a little over two weeks later, but was still only progressing favourably at the end of Novemeber. No doubt due to his illness, Leslie was discharged in April 1916. For his service he was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, British Medal, and Victory Medal.

The next year saw Lesley moving on with his life, marrying Hazel Alpine Dougherty (b.1896, Temuka) on 12 Sep 1917. The couple had three children: Leslie Benjamin (b.1918), Eric William (b.1920) and Muriel Eileen (b.1923).

Lesley helped his father Benjamin farm the property "Riverslea" and there, they altered the large house into two flats to accommodate both families. Leslie worked there until his father died then later moved to the Fairlie district to farm.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (18 June 2015); see also Winsome Griffin's family history pages at; SCRoll web submission by W Griffin, 4 December 2015; Evening Post 22 September 1915 p2 - report of illness

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