(Service number 88210)
|First Rank||Last Rank|
|Date||5 July 1898||Place of Birth||Ashburton|
|Date||25 July 1918||Age||20 years|
|Address at Enlistment||Waihao Downs|
|Previous Military Experience||8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles - still serving|
|Next of Kin||Mr J. CROMIE (father), Waihao Downs, South Canterbury|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
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Prisoner of War Information
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Drover; barman; wool worker
|Date||19 August 1969||Age||71 years|
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Wharerangi Lawn Cemetery, Napier|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Leslie Cromie was born on 5 July 1898 at Ashburton, the second son of John and Emma (née Jarrett) Cromie, who had married in Victoria, Australia and come to New Zealand in the mid-1890s. He was educated at Wakanui and Christchurch East schools before transferring to Waihao Downs School in mid-1908. At Waihao Downs he met with success – in 1909 a special prize and certificate for English and in 1911 3rd prize for Standard VI. He also passed the Standard VI Proficiency examination.
A labourer and single, he enlisted on 25 July 1918 at Timaru, naming his father as next-of-kin – Mr J. Cromie, Waihao Downs, South Canterbury. At that time, he was serving with the 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles. He was a member of the South Canterbury quota of the Forty-sixth Reinforcements which left Timaru by the north express on 9 September 1918 after parading at the drill hall.
Leslie married Mavis Alma Miller in 1924. They were to divorce a few years later. In 1936 he married Rona Gladys Williams. He died on 19 August 1969, aged 71 years, and was buried in Wharerangi Lawn Cemetery, Napier, with Rona who had died in 1966.
Lyttelton Times, 27 Dec 1909, Waimate Daily Advertiser, 27 December 1911, 26 January 1912, Timaru Herald, 7 September 1918 (Papers Past) [08 October 2021; 06 February 2022]; Wharerangi Lawn Cemetery headstone transcription (Napier City District Council) [31 January 2022]; School Admission record (Canterbury Branch NZSG) [31 January 2022]
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