Topic: Leslie Parmenter Stewart (1895-1917)

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Tauranga painter Leslie Parmenter Stewart died of disease in France on 5 January 1917 whilst serving during World War I. Story and photograph by Debbie McCauley.

Leslie Parmenter Stewart was born in Geraldine, New Zealand, on 23 July 1895. His parents were James and Emily Matilda Stewart (nee Lovely) who married in Geraldine on 17 July 1878. His middle name 'Parmenter' was his grandmother's maiden name. She was Sarah Parmenter.

By 1905 Leslie had moved to Tauranga where he worked as a painter. He was also a Hauraki Regiment Volunteer, a hockey player, a scoutmaster, and involved in the Methodist Church.

Leslie enlisted during World War I on 19 October 1915 and served with the Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion (Service No. 12/3839). His last recorded rank was Lance Corporal.

Leslie died from disease in France on 5 January 1917, aged 21. He had been admitted to the 1st Casualty Receiving Station, France, where he died of pneumonia and pleurisy. Leslie was buried in the Estaires Communal Cemetery at Nord in France.

Leslie Parmenter Stewart (1895-1917)


Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths and Marriges Online (New Zealand).


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

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Leslie Parmenter Stewart (1895-1917)

Note:Service Number: 12/3839
First Names:Leslie Parmenter
Last Name:Stewart
Date of Birth:23 July 1895
Place of Birth:Geraldine
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:5 January 1917
Place of death:France
Place of burial:Estaires Communal Cemetery, Nord, France
Fathers name:James Stewart
Fathers date of birth:1833
Fathers place of birth:Killinchy, Down, Northern Ireland
Fathers date of death:28 June 1917
Fathers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name: Emily Matilda Lovely
Mothers date of birth:July 1853
Mothers place of birth:Romford, Essex, England
Mothers date of death:1927
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)