KILLOH, Leslie William
(Service number 6/3372)

First Rank Corporal Last Rank 2 Lieutenant


Date 3 October 1893 Place of Birth Tuturau, Southland, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment P.O. Box 35, Waimate
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. G. KILLOH (mother), 126 Willis Street West, Ashburton
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 8th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 13 November 1915
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Egyptian Expeditionary Force; Western European
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards Mentioned in Despatches; Military Medal

Award Circumstances and Date

MID 9 April 1917 - London Gazette, 9 June 1917; MM for bravery in the Field, 30 September 1918

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 21 July 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 20 June 1981 Age 87 years
Place of Death Middlemore Hospital, Auckland (of Selwyn Village, Auckland)
Memorial or Cemetery Karori Crematorium, Wellington
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Leslie William Killoh was born on 3 October 1893 at Tuturau, Southland, the second of the four sons of John George and Isabella Whyte (née Bennet) Killoh. John George Killoh from Aberdeen, Scotland, married Timaru-born Isabella in 1890 at Timaru. Leslie was a clerk, Presbyterian when he enlisted for service. Residing at Waimate, he named his mother as next-of-kin was his mother – Mrs J. G. Killoh, 126 Willis Street West, Ashburton. He left Waimate by the first express on Wednesday, 25 August 1915, for the Eight Reinforcements.

Corporal L. W. Killoh embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion of the 8th Reinforcements, departing from Wellington on 13 November 1915. He was mentioned in despatches on 9 April 1917 and was awarded the Military Medal, for bravery in the Field, in 1918. “The final list (issued by the British War Office on June 1) containing names mentioned by Sir Douglas Haig as deserving special mention includes Corporal Leslie W. Killoh, son of Mr J. G. Killoh, of Wills Street, Ashburton.” [Ashburton Guardian. 4 August 1917.]

“N.Z. ENTRENCHING BATTALIONS REWARDED. (From Malcolm Ross, War Correspondent with the New Zealand Forces in the Field.) June 20. Walking down the dusty road that winds between the two villages, you come to a narrow way leading straight up the hill between trees and hedgerows. This narrow country road takes you out on to a breezy upland behind a big farm steading. The farm is, like almost all the farms in this district, surrounded by trees. From behind the trees come the dull reports of bursting bombs and the sound of military music. The bombs are not being thrown in battle. The band is there purely for ceremonial purposes. On three sides of a square over 2000 men of a New Zealand Entrenching Group are drawn up awaiting the appearance of the Divisional General, who is to pin ribbons on the breasts of some of the heroes of Meteren. . . . . An O.C. Battalion standing on the General’s left begins to call the names, and one after another, the men come forward. . . . . "Private . . . . . ," he says, adding the brief recital of what has gained for this man the Military Medal. . . . Private . . . . . steps forward, salutes smartly, and has the ribbon pinned on his tunic, while the General, with a few words and a pleasant smile, congratulates him, and hopes that he will be spared to earn yet other medals. And so the ceremony goes on, beginning always with the same words, “At Meteren,” etc. The others are: — . . . . Some of the medals won in that fighting at Meteren and Ypres, alas! Could not be presented. Those to whom they had been awarded had in several instances died of wounds. Others who still lived were unable to be present because of their wounds. . . . . Here are the brief records: -— . . . . . Sergeant Leslie William Killoh (gassed). He exhibited great resource, which, with his cool and courageous manner, greatly assisted in inflicting heavy losses on the enemy, and in frustrating an intended attack. . . . . .” [Press. 23 August 1918.]

He was discharged on 21 July 1919, having served in Egypt and Western Europe, and was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. The name of L. W. Killoh appeared regularly on the Waimate Daily Advertiser Roll of Honour under the sub-title of Answered the Call.

Leslie married Vera Milne Petrie in 1927. He died on 20 June 1981 at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, his residence being Selwyn Village, Auckland. He was 87 years old. Vera had died in 1962. Both Vera and Leslie were cremated at Karori Crematorium, Wellington.


Auckland War Memorial Museumm Cenotaph Database [06 July 2022]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [07 July 2022]; Karori cremation records (Wellington City Council) [12 July 2022]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 21 August 1915, 30 May 1918, Ashburton Guardian, 4 August 1917, Press, 23 August 1918 (Papers Past) [18 September 2019; 12 & 15 July 2022]

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