MAURICE, Leonard
(Service number 8/989)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 23 March 1891 Place of Birth Oamaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Milton
Occupation Loom tuner
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Walter TIMBLICK, Island Stream, Maheno, Otago
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Otago Infantry Battalion
Date 15 October 1914
Transport Ruapehu or Hawkes Bay
Embarked From Port Chalmers, Dunedin Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Regiment

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

Loom tuner


Date 11 November 1949 Age 58 years
Place of Death Onehunga, Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Waikaraka Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Mary (née Dore) Maurice. His father who was born in France died in September 1897 at Oamaru. His mother remarried in 1907 and died in 1916. Leonard was educated at Oamaru North School, leaving in March 1905 for work. He received first prizes for Standard II writing and drawing in 1902, and Miss Allan’s special prize for writing, and first prize for Standard III drawing in 1903.

Leonard Maurice was a loom tuner, working for the Bruce Woollen Company at Milton when he enlisted on the outbreak of war. He had previously worked in the Oamaru and Timaru mills. At Timaru he had been a member of the Marine Band and the Star Football Club, and at Milton he was a member of the Milton Band. His next-of-kin was his brother-in-law, Walter Timblick.

Leonard Maurice was landed at Malta from the hospital ship Dunluce Castle on 12 August 1915, after sustaining a severe gunshot wound to the eye. In 1920 he married Elizabeth Elsie Wells. His older brother, William, also served in World War I. His sister May’s husband, John Smith Glover, was killed in action in France in 1918.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [28 September 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [29 September 2020]; School Admission record (Oamaru Branch NZSG) [29 September 2020]; Waikaraka Cemetery headstone transcription [29 September 2020]; Oamaru Mail, 18 December 1902, North Otago Times, 19 December 1902, 18 December 1903, Evening Star, 6 September 1915, Otago Witness, 15 September 2020 (Papers Past) [28 & 29 September 2020]

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