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Full Name: Leslie Charles Giles
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Leslie Charles
Surname: Giles
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 15775
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Oyster opener
Next of Kin: Mrs M.R. Giles (wife), care of Mrs W. McKinney, Point R, Bluff, New Zealand
Marital Status: Married
Enlistment Address: Marine Parade, Bluff, New Zealand
Military District: Invercargill
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: Infantry Reinforcements
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 3
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 172
Campaigns: Crete
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Crete
Date of Death: 25 May 1941
Age at Death: 23
Year of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece
Grave Reference: 2. A. 17.
Biographical Notes: Leslie Giles was the son of Charles Ernest Giles and of Mary Ellen Giles (nee Johnston); husband of Marjory Rosa Giles, of Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Description of Image: Portrait from The Weekly News; 2 July 1941
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Pringle, D., Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy URL:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941)
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