(Service number 74950)

Aliases Also known as John Walker PURDOM
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Date 17 September 1884 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 20 November 1917 Age
Address at Enlistment 40 Stafford Street, Feilding
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Widower; then remarried
Next of Kin Mrs F. LEVENS (wife), c/o Sub Inspector McKinnon, Church Street, Palmerston North
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 40th Reinforcements, C Company
Date 10 July 1918
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

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Date 19 February 1971 Age 86 years
Place of Death Oakley Hospital, Point Chevalier
Memorial or Cemetery Waikumete Crematorium, Auckland (ashes scattered)
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Levens was the second son of George Joseph and Annie (née Walker) Levens. He was educated at Temuka School. In 1913 he married Grace Myrtle Montgomery. Grace had died by 1917 and in 1918 he married Flora MacKinnon His eldest brother, George William Levens, was killed in action in 1916 in France.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [10 July 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [10 July 2017]; Waikumete Crematorium record (South Canterbury Branch cemetery records) [10 July 2017]

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