MOODY, Leslie
(Service number 4/265)

First Rank Sapper Last Rank Sapper


Date 13 June 1891 Place of Birth Woodend, Canterbury

Enlistment Information

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
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation (1) Samoan Advance Party
Unit, Squadron, or Ship (1) Railway Engineers
Transport Moeraki or Monowai
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Engineers

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

Engine driver


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

Biographical Notes

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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