CROMIE, Leslie
(Service number 88210)

First Rank Last Rank


Date 5 July 1898 Place of Birth Ashburton

Enlistment Information

Date 25 July 1918 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment Waihao Downs
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr J. CROMIE (father), Waihao Downs, South Canterbury
Religion Church of England
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Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Drover; barman; wool worker


Date 19 August 1969 Age 71 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Wharerangi Lawn Cemetery, Napier
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

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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