Leslie Henry Trumper and Hazel Alpine Dougherty   Family Chart

LESLIE HENRY TRUMPER  was born 23 Feb 1895 in Temuka, the son of Benjamin Trumper (1854 - 1931) and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Benbow (1859 - 1931) and died 9 Sep 1952 in Fairlie aged 57Y.

Leslie was enrolled at the Milford School 2 Jan 1900; passed Std 5 Aug 1907 and left for home at Ohape, Temuka

Les was a member of NZ Territorial Force. Set up in 1911, enlisting was compulsory as the likelihood of war breaking out in Europe was foreseen. It involved attendance at rifle practices, parades etc, for ages 18-25. Under 18s were enlisted as cadets, and men over 25 were enrolled on the active/reserve list (for them, attendance was not compulsory).

In Feb. 1914, the height of the seasonal work schedule, Leslie was in court for "BREACHES OF DEFENCE ACT" along with a number of other Territorials and Senior Cadets - all charged with having failed to attend parades or evening drills - a £20 fine was imposed. Fines were common, dispite the impracticability particularly at harvest times for men on farms well away from the practice firing ranges or attendance at parades. The financial cost (wages/loss of goods/spoilage of harvests) may have also made it preferable to risk the fine for some too. (Src: Sth Canterbury Museum)

Timaru Herald, 4 June 1914 TEMUKA TERRITORIALS: ANNUAL SHOOTING MATCH: The Temuka Territorials fired their annual shooting match on the range, Temuka, yesterday. Line distances were 200 and 500 yards and the conditions 7 shots at each range. Captain Henderson, musketry instructor for the district was present, and considered the shooting on the whole very good. At 200 yards the conditions were favourable to good markmanship, but later, when firing at 500 yards, a heavy squall came up, with the result that the most reliable scores met with very poor success, and the scoring dropped considerably all round.
Captain Henderson was delighted, he said, with the liberality c-f the Temuka people, who had presented trophies with a generosity unsurpassed in any part of the Dominion. So numerous were the trophies that every competitor qualified for a prize. He knew of no other town, where this had been possible. He was very pleased with the enthusiasm shown by the Territorials and expressed regret that more information did not reach the cities about the- good work done in the country. The following are the scores:— Sergeant-Major. Husband 58; Sergeant-Major Smeal 58; Lieutenant Purdom 56; Private A. Cartwright 55; Corporal Burborough 54; Private Frisby 54; Private Hearn 53; Private Tait 53; Private Cairn 53; and a credible score - Private Trumper 52. War broke out August 1914 saw a great surge of patriotic enthusiasm, and immediately New Zealand was well-positioned to contribute a force of trained troops to aid Britain when war. Serving territorials like Leslie became willing volunteers swarming into Defence Department offices across the country to secure their place in the NZEF. The first 8500-strong group – the ‘Main Body’ and First Reinforcements left New Zealand in October 1914

"Temuka Leader" announced "The auxiliary contingent left 12 December 1914 by the second express with entrants from Winchester - D. Ferguson; S. Cliff, and W. McClelland; from Milford, Maze and Private Trumper; Serial No. 6/1741, Unit - Canterbury Infantry Battalion.

World War I

Lesley arrives home on 6 Jan 1916 to New Zealand after a year away but remains in Auckland. "25 CANTERBURY MEN (names were published) are suspected of being "carriers" of enteric - Lesley is among them. Solders were dispatched immediately off the Troop ship "Maheno" to the isolation camp attached to the Auckland Hospital. (Typhoid_fever (commonly called "Trench Fever" spread by ingestion of faecally contaminated food or water - poor hygiene and lack of sanitation caused many deaths and much debility during the war period.) The homecoming of the Maheno from Gallipoli was painted by Walter Armiger Bowring in 1916.

Four months later Lesley is discharged and his family is able to welcome home a frail and wasted shadow of the fit and able man they had farewelled.

Timaru Herald, 25 June 1917: MILFORD. There was a very large-attendance at the Milford School on Friday evening, to welcome home returned soldiers Messrs' G. Aepinal, J. Horgan, L. Trumper and A. Gason. After dancing had been indulged in for some time, a concert party from Geraldine, under the leadership of Mr McGregor, arrived, and gave a few enjoyable items, that were much enjoyed during a break in the proceedings. Mr Robert Macaulayf on behalf of the Patriotic Committee and the Milford residents welcomed the returned troopers and presented each with the committee's medal of honour. Mr John Kennedy, of Geraldine and Mr T. Giinhion also spoke, and Mr J. Horgan suitably replied.

Lesley married on 12 Sep 1917 HAZEL ALPINE DOUGHERTY daughter of WILLIAM DOUGHERTY and her mother SARAH McCLINTOCK. Hazel was born 17 Dec 1896 in Temuka, and was living at the Wallingford Home at Temuka at the time of her death 01 Feb 1989.

Lesley helped his father Benjamin farm the property "Riverslea" and there, they altered the large house into two flats to accommodate both families. Les worked there until his father died then later moved to the Fairlie district to farm.


i. LESLIE BENJAMIN TRUMPER, b. 08 Mar 1918, Timaru; Occ: Farmer; Serviceman WW2;  Justice of the Peace 1972; d. 30 Sep 1994, Fairlie; mar. 15 Aug 1941 EDITH FORD b. 05 Feb 1920, Kaitangata; d. 16 Jul 2001, Fairlie. Bur: Fairlie Cem: Les and Edith owned motels after farming at Fairlie and later took a trip back to England to see the home of their Trumper's forebears at Ludlow. He saw records going back to the 1066 era and found the Trumpers were originally of French descent. (Srce: "Benbow Book) Their children:

a Leslie Edith Lynette* Trumper b: Temuka mar: Terence John Bowron Their daughter is Sarah Joanne Bowren mar: David John McNicholl with 2 sons Connor and Rory

*2nd Husband of  Leslie Edith Lynette* Trumper: Kevin George Johnston Their son is Todd Leslie Johnston

b Miriam Ann Trumper b: Mt Cook mar: Robert Brown Trotter. Their family:

1 Jane Trotter mar: Phillip Barclay  

2 Reece Andrew Trotter mar: Rachel

ii. ERIC WILLIAM TRUMPER, b. 04 Jul 1920, Temuka; occ: Factory Manager; d. 19 Nov 2002, Christchurch; bur: Cem: Ruru Lawn ; m. 1949 to LESLEY OLIVE MORRIS, ; b. 18 Mar 1928, Dunedin; d. 27 Jul 2002, Christchurch. Their family:

a SBC Trumper b: 26 Nov 1952 in Christchurch

b Geoffrey Raymond Trumper mar: 25 Oct 1980 to Eilidh (Ailee) Fiona Campbell b: 04 Nov 1960 in Rangiora; She d: 14 Jun 2008 in KeriKeri. Their 2 sons:

 Jeremy Michael and Timothy Mark Trumper

c Steven John Trumper

d Andrea Lesley Trumper mar: Barry Francis MacTague Their daughter is: Sharon MacTague

iii. MURIAL EILEEN TRUMPER, b. 01 Feb 1923, Rakaia; d. 16Y on 28 May 1939, Temuka. Bur: Temuka Cemetery

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