(Service number 4/265)
|First Rank||Sapper||Last Rank||Sapper|
|Date||13 June 1891||Place of Birth||Woodend, Canterbury|
|Date||(1) 15 August 1914; (2) 11 September 1917||Age||(1) 23 years; (2) 26 years|
|Address at Enlistment||(1) William Street, Timaru; (2) 47 North Street, Timaru|
|Occupation||Fireman (NZ Railways)|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Marital Status||(1) Single; (2) Married. One child|
|Next of Kin||(1) C. MOODY (father), Woodend, Canterbury; (2) Mrs E. MOODY (wife), 47 North Street, Timaru|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||(1) Samoan Advance Party|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||(1) Railway Engineers|
|Transport||Moeraki or Monowai|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Engineers|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||6 February 1968||Age||76 years|
|Place of Death||Public Hospital, Dunedin|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Andersons Bay Crematorium, Dunedin|
|Memorial Reference||Ashes scattered|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Leslie Moody was born on 13 June 1891 at Woodend, Canterbury, the son of Charles and Ann (née Seaward) Moody. On the outbreak of war he was a fireman with New Zealand Railways, stationed at Timaru. A single man, he named his father as next-of-kin. He enlisted on 15 August 1914 and departed with the South Island Railway Contingent for the Front. “Warlike preparations have developed with somewhat startling suddenness during the past couple of days.” [Otago Daily Times, 11 August 1914.] Sapper Moody embarked with the Samoan Advance Party.
Discharged at his own request after his return from Samoa, Leslie Moody was named in the September 1917 ballot and again enlisted. In the interim he had married Elizabeth Direen – on 13 March 1916 at Timaru. Their first child was born on 30 November 1917 at Timaru. Both Leslie and Elizabeth were cremated at Andersons Bay, Dunedin. While Leslie’s ashes were scattered, Elizabeth’s were interred in a family plot. An older brother, Harold Moody, died of wounds in 1917 in France.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 October 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [06 October 2020]; Andersons Bay Crematorium record (Dunedin City Council) [06 October 2020]; Otago Daily Times, 11 August 1914 (Papers Past) [06 October 2020]
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