LORD, Leslie Wright
(Service number 40710)

Aliases Enlisted as Leslie LORD
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 8 November 1897 Place of Birth Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Geraldine
Occupation Painter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Thomas Wright LORD (father), Talbot Street, Geraldine
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcements, G Company
Date 13 February 1917
Transport Mokoia
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date 21 August 1974 Age 76 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Row 72, Plot 58
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Leslie Wright Lord was born on 8 November 1897 at Geraldine, the son of Thomas Wright Lord and his second wife, Rose née Fenn. Thomas’ first wife, Emily Jane, died in 1896, leaving him with several young children. In 1896 he married Rose and they were to have four children. All the children of both marriages were born at Geraldine where some of them died young. Leslie was educated at Geraldine School, where he enjoyed success. He also received prizes at the Geraldine Presbyterian Sunday School. At the Geraldine Goodwill Band of Hope meeting held in August 1907, he presented The Drunkard’s Farewell”. In January 1912 Leslie had two bones broken in his forearm in a freak accident involving a horse and a gate.

A painter and single, he was residing at Geraldine when he enlisted. He named his father as next-of-kin – Thomas Wright Lord, Talbot Street, Geraldine. Rifleman L. Lord embarked with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, leaving Wellington for Plymouth, England, by the “Mokia” on 13 February 1917. One of 968 men in Returning Draft No. 273, L. Lord, of Geraldine, returned to New Zealand by the “Somerset” which was due at Lyttelton on or about 12 August 1919.

Leslie resumed his work as a painter. He married Annie Margaret Dowling in 1931. Annie died in 1972 and Leslie on 21 August 1974 at Christchurch, aged 76 years. They are buried in Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch. His mother died in July 1924 and his father in December 1937. Two half-brothers also served in World War One – Herbert Lord and Ernest wright Lord.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [09 August 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [10 August 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [01 June 2022]; Temuka Leader, 24 January 1905, 16 December 1905, 30 January 1906, 24 January 1907, 3 August 1907, 19 December 1908, 9 February 1909, 21 December 1909, 20 December 1910, 2 April 1912, Ashburton Guardian, 18 January 1912, Otago Daily Times, 6 August 1919 [08 August 2021; 01 June 2022]; Waimairi Cemetery record (Find A Grave) [12 August 2021]

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