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Leonard Gordon Cameron (Service no. 32562) enlisted for the First World War with a Peterborough Street address.

Leonard Gordon Cameron was born on the 1st of February 1891 to father Captain John Steven Graham Cameron and mother Mary Ann. He was one of ten children.

His paternal grandparents were originally from Glasgow and arrived in New Zealand in 1841 and were reputed to be living in Lyttelton prior to the arrival of the First Four Ships. They also owned the Robin Hood Hotel, an early Lyttelton pub.

Leonard’s father as a young man worked as lightermen loading and unloading barges at Lyttelton, later he owned several vessels and became a Master Mariner.

The Cameron family lived at 22 Peterborough Street and it was from here that Leonard enlisted. Prior to enlistment Leonard had been working as a clerk with the Yorkshire Insurance Company. His attestation was signed on the 27th of July 1916 at Burnham.

Leonard initially joined the 23rd Reinforcements Otago Infantry Regiment, later, in August 1917 he transferred to the Canterbury Regiment.

Leonard spent his first eight-months in military service stationed in New Zealand. He left for Foreign Service from Wellington on the troopship Ruapehu on the 14th of March 1917 and arrived in Devonport, England in May. Next stop was Sling Camp on the Salisbury Plains


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Leonard Gordon Cameron


First Names:Leonard Gordon
Last Name:Cameron
Place of Birth:Christchurch