(Service number 6/4100)

Aliases Jack
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 8 June 1885 Place of Birth Murthly, Perthshire, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment P. Office, Morven
Occupation Carpenter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs M. McLEISH (mother), Alford Forest, Ashburton
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
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 11th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 1 April 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Machine Gun Corps, 1 Company

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 21 September 1916 Age 31 years
Place of Death Somme, France
Cause Killed in action
Notices Lyttelton Times, 25 October 1916
Memorial or Cemetery Caterpillar Velley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France; Alford Forest Cemetery - memorial on parents' headstone
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John McLeish, known as Jack, was the youngest son of Lewis Grant and Margaret (née Gibson) McLeish. The family came to New Zealand between 1881 and 1891. Jack who was educated at Alford Forest Schoo, took up the carpentry trade. Private J. McLeish, Morven, was one of the recruits for the Tenth Reinforcements who left South Canterbury in mid November 1915 for Trentham Camp. He had enlisted from Waimate with the 10th Reinforcements, but left with the 11th Reinforcements, having been transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. His name was recorded on the Waimate Roll of Honour printed by the Waimate Daily Advertiser from 19 April 1916. He is remembered on his parents' headstone in the alford Forest Cemetery. His mother died in 1921, his father in 1924.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 August 2019]; Alford Forest Cemetery headstone transcription (NZSG cemetery records) [15 August 2019]; Timaru Herald, 13 November 1915, 9 October 1916, Lyttelton Times, 25 October 1916; refer Waimate Daily Advertiser, 9 & 16 November 1915, Sun, 24 October 1916, Ashburton Guardian, 7 December 1916 (Papers Past) [12 & 18 August 2019]

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