The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 15, Issue 3 (June 1, 1940)
New Zealand's Smallest Soldier
New Zealand's Smallest Soldier.
One of New Zealand's smallest soldiers is Leo Nolan, former New Zealand amateur bantamweight and featherweight wrestling champion. Leo was turned down on his first attempt to enlist as he was under the regulation height … and looked it. On his next visit he wore thick-soled shoes and somehow or another managed to make the grade and join his pals in khaki. In the last war the “Bantams” proved great soldiers and as Nolan can handle men two and three stone heavier than himself he should prove a worthy successor to the other great little men who have worn the khaki uniform.