McLEOD, James Neil
(Service number 7/985)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 9 February 1896 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Ashwick Station, Fairlie
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs W. Radford (sister), Temuka
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 4th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 17 April 1915
Transport Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Embarked From Destination
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

Post-war Occupations



Date 6 October 1979 Age 83 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 190, Plot 715
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Neil McLeod, born on 9 February 1896 at Temuka, was the older son of William McLeod and his second wife, Marion née Cathro. His father’s first wife had died in 1891, and Marion died in November 1902 at Fairlie, leaving her two young sons and an infant daughter. In February 1903, at the Fairlie Magistrate’s Court, orders were made for the adoption of two children of Wm McLeod. No further action is apparent. William McLeod was employed at Orari Station. James and his brother, William Thomas McLeod, were educated at Fairlie School. Their father died in 1914 and is buried at Temuka with his first wife. Also buried there are Jane (née McLeod) Radford and her husband. Jane who was a daughter of William McLeod by his first marriage, was named by James as his next-of-kin. James was only 19 years old when he embarked in 1915.

Trooper James Neil McLeod was first reported as missing from 28 August 1915, but was subsequently reported as slightly wounded on 30 August at the Dardanelles. James married Kathleen McGillen in 1919. He died 6 October 1979 at Timaru, aged 83 years, and was buried in the Services Section of Temuka Cemetery. His brother William, who also served in World War I, married Kathleen’s sister, Teresa McGillen, although the marriage did not last. Kathleen (Catherine) and Teresa were sisters of John Joseph, William Peter McGillen and Michael McGillen, who all served in World War I. After Kathleen’s death in 1949, James married secondly Maud Mary.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [01 July 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [01 July 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [01 July 2020]; Timaru Herald, 17 February 1903, Sun, 27 September 1915 (Papers Past) [01 July 2020]; Temuka Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [01 July 2020]

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