Leonard Stanley Douglas Minchinton
30 Heavy Bty.
Born at Bromley, Kent on the 29th May 1919, the second of three sons of Clement George Minchinton and Florence Louise Minchinton.
Len with Sammy Reid
Leonard enlisted in 1934 and served at Woolwich and at Spike Island before he was posted to Hong Kong where he was taken prisoner on the 26th December 1941.
top left: A.BROWN, A.GEORGE H.WOOD R.PRIDMORE. F.MUNRO
middle left: F.BURDETTE, F.DIFLEY, A TOOD, E.WINNER
front left: F.PEARSON, F.SPILLER, L.MINCHINTON
Captured in Hong Kong, Leonard survived the sinking of the Lisbon Maru when he was transferred to Japan. After arriving in Japan he was taken to the Asaki camp. Leonard survived the war, was repatriated in September 1945 to New Zealand and was taken to Green Lanes Hospital in Auckland.
26th January 1946
Leonard died from Tubercolosis in Green Lanes Hospital Aukland and is buried at the Waikumete Memorial Park, Auckland.
Son of Charles George and Florence Jessie Minchinton, of Eltham, London, England
Prot. Soldiers Area G, Row 11, Grave 33.
AUCKLAND (WAIKUMETE) CEMETERY
Information supplied by Jean and Charles Minchinton as written by Leonard’s older brother Fred , who is a retired Major MBE - all three brothers served in The Royal Artillery