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Leonard Rita May




Member of WAAAF

MELBOURNE, Thursday.-Full military honours will be paid when ACW Rita May Leonard (27), WAAAF-, formerly of Whitemore (T), who before her death was serving at an Air Force station in Victoria, is buried tomorrow at Springvale cemetery. This will be the first service funeral for a member of the WAAAF. Pallbearers will be members of the WAAAF, and coffin bearers members of the RAAF. The coffin will be borne on a gun-carriage drawn by horses.

While walking along Geelong Rd. near Laverton with Cpl James Keith Walters late on Wednesday night ACW Leonard was knocked down by a motor-truck driven by a Chinese market gardener and received injuries from which she died

The Mercury 9 Jan 1943 


Funeral of WAAAF

MELBOURNE, Friday -An impressive ceremony accompanied the funeral of.ACW Rita Leonard today at Springvale cemetery. Full military honours were given.

The coffin covered with a flag was borne on a gun-carriage drawn by .horses. CW Leonard's service cap rested on the coffin. In the Army this is a privilege given only to officers, but in the Air. Force it is acceded to all ranks. The pallbearers were members of the WAAAF, and the coffin bearers members of the RAF, both from the station at which ACW Leonard worked., Buglers played "The Last Post."

Mr and Mrs J. A. Leonard, ACW Leonard's parents, attended the funeral. Also present were. Sq-Officer : Margaret Miller. Deputy Director of the WAAAF, Flt-Lt K. M. Horley officer commanding the section in which ACW Leonard worked and RAAF officers.








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