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Full Name
George Leigh Popple
Rank Last Held
Second Lieutenant
George Leigh
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Malvern, Canterbury, New Zealand
First Known Rank
  • Private
  • Second Lieutenant
Occupation before Enlistment
  • Unknown occupation
  • Surveyor
Next of Kin
  • W.T. Popple (father), Springfield, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • W.T. Popple (father), Springfield, New Zealand
Marital Status
Enlistment Address
Thackeray Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
Enlistment Date
Military District
Body on Embarkation
  • Main Body
  • New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit
  • Auckland Infantry Battalion
  • 35th Reinforcements B Company
Embarkation Date
  • 16 October 1914
  • 2 March 1918
Place of Embarkation
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Star of India or Waimana
  • Tofua
  • Suez,Egypt (3 December 1914)
  • Southampton, England
Nominal Roll Footnotes
Ex 1st Battalion N.Z.R.B.
Nominal Roll Number
  • Vol1
  • 80
Page on Nominal Roll
  • 588
  • 6
Other Units
B Company, 35th Reinforcements
  • Egypt
  • Gallipoli
  • France
Wounds and Diseases
  • Wounded in chest and thigh at Gallipoli.
  • Wounded in foot in France.
Place of Death
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Date of Death
Year of Death
Biographical Notes
  • Son of William Terrington Popple (1841-1926) and Mary Ann Leigh (1848-1927).
  • Attended the Annat school, Malvern.
  • George succeeded his father as Tawera's clerk in 1920. He was selected from three applicants and was paid 300 pounds a year. He received the Malvern engineer's job in 1925 but continued as Tawera's clerk on a reduced salary of 150 pounds plus 50 pounds travel allowance. He resigned this position 30 April 1939 to become a full time clerk-engineer at Malvern.
  • His promotion to Second Lieutenant occurred 10 October 1918.
Postwar Occupation
Archives NZ source
Military personnel file
Sources Used
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume IV. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1919

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