6 Nov 2012

Extension of memorial fund hoped for

8:09 am on 6 November 2012

The overseer of a scholarship set up in memory of a New Zealand soldier who died in East Timor hopes it can be extended.

Private Leonard Manning was killed in an attack by militiamen in 2000 and his family set up scholarships to assist young people in East Timor to study.

Private Manning's commander at the time, Colonel Martin Dransfield, is now a senior United Nations officer and revived the scheme when he returned to East Timor two years ago.

Colonel Dransfield says 11 young men and women graduated this year and more are training.

The money came from the remnants of a fund set up by the Manning family and donations from soldiers in East Timor.

Colonel Dransfield says Private Manning's sister is arriving in East Timor next week and will make a further donation.