(Service number 47156)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 21 January 1877 Place of Birth Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Railway Hotel, Timaru
Occupation Pipelayer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Miss N. FITZGERALD (friend), Seadown, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 25th Reinforcements, G Company
Date 26 April 1917
Transport Turakina
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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

Post-war Occupations



Date 27 October 1943 Age 66 years
Place of Death Douglas Private Hotel, Dunedin
Notices Otago Daily Times, 29 October 1943
Memorial or Cemetery Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin
Memorial Reference Block 173, Plot 62
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Leach was the son of John and Kate (née Costello) Leach. he had been in New Zealand for six years when he enlisted. Rifleman J. Leach, of Timaru, returned to New Zealand per the "Rimutaka" at the end of 1919. John Leach died suddenly at the private hotel where he boarded.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [19 October 2019]; Andersons Bay Cemetery burial record (Dunedin City Council) [20 October 2019]; Sun, 5 December 1919, Evening Star, 27 October 1943, Otago Daily Times, 28 & 29 October 1943 (Papers Past) [19 & 22 October 2019]

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Teresa Scott, SC branch NZSG

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