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Full Name: Leslie Estelle Cowper
Rank Last Held:
  • Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant
Forename(s): Leslie Estelle
Surname: Cowper
Also Known As: Leslie
  • Territorial Military Service
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Serial No.: 215403
Gender: Female
Date of Birth: 1932
Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Lieutenant
Occupation before Enlistment: Nurse
Enlistment Date:
  • 1955
  • 1964
Embarkation Unit:
  • British Army Nursing Service
  • New Zealand Surgical Team (Civilian)
Other Units: Royal New Zealand Army Nursing Corps
Military Awards: National Order of Merit - South Vietnam
Last Unit Served:
  • British Army Nursing Service
  • Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps
Place of Death: Vietnam
Date of Death: 2 May 1966
Age at Death: 37
Year of Death: 1966
Cemetery Name: Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Grave Reference: Protestant Lawn, Block C, Section 7, Plot 41
Biographical Notes:
  • Lesley Cowper was a T/F nurse in the Provincial Hospital at Qui Nhon, South Vietnam.
  • T/F Sister 28 August 1964
  • C/Sister 28 August 1965
  • New Zealand Surgical Team Vietnam from 8 November 1965 until her death on 2 May 1966.
  • She was awarded the National Order of Merit-South Vietnam.
Additional Information:
  • Most records including death registration spell the name Lesley
  • However her name is also spelled Leslie in publications.
Further References:
  • New Zealand Military Nursing: New Zealand Army Nursing Service - Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps. URL:
  • Hornung, J. (2002). Angels in Vietnam: women who served. Lincoln, USA.: Witers Club Press.
  • Memories of New Zealand and the Vietnam War. New Zealand History online website. URL:
Sources Used: Subritsky, M. (Compiler). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: "The second ANZAC adventure". Papakura, Three Feathers Publishing Co.
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