Topic: John Leslie Hartland (1890-1918)

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Te Puke clerk John Leslie Hartland was wounded in action in France on 30 March 1918. He died of his wounds the following day. Story by Debbie McCauley.

John Leslie Hartland was born in Christchurch on 1 August 1890 (reg. 1890/11659). His parents were John Ford and Frances Harriet Susanna Hartland (nee Crowe) who married at St Pauls Church in Papanui, Christchurch on 6 February 1884.

John attended King's College from 1906 to 1907. He was a member of the College Rifles Rugby Football Club

Later John worked as a Clerk for New Zealand Loan and Mercantile in Te Puke.

He was a member of the Defence Rifle Club and was in the amateur dramatics club as well as a volunteer fireman, tennis player and footballer.

On 3 March 1917 John enlisted to fight during World War I at Tauranga. He served with the Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion (Service No. 56592).

John's father died in Remuera, Auckland, on 6 February 1918.

John was wounded in action in France on 30 March 1918 and admitted to the No. 56 Casualty Clearing Station.

Private John Leslie Hartland died of his wounds on 31 March 1918 at age 28. He was buried in the Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension in Somme, France.

John's medals were sent to his mother in Remuera.

John Leslie Hartland (1890-1918)



Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Clement, Christine (2013). Te Puke District World War One Memorial (pp. 71-72).


A version of this article was archived in August 2016 at Perma CC

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John Leslie Hartland (1890-1918)

Note:Service Number: 56592
First Names:John Leslie
Last Name:Hartland
Date of Birth:1 August 1890
Place of Birth:Christchurch
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:31 March 1918
Place of death:France
Place of burial:Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France
Fathers name:John Ford Hartland
Fathers date of birth:2 January 1851
Fathers place of birth:Lyttelton, New Zealand
Fathers date of death:8 February 1918
Fathers place of death:Remuera, Auckland
Mothers name:Frances Harriett Susannah Crowe
Mothers date of birth:1861
Mothers place of birth:New Zealand
Mothers date of death:April 1930
Mothers place of death:New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)