Born in 1925, Len grew up in Wellington, New Zealand, alongside two younger brothers, Allan and Frank. He first visited England in 1947.
Three cowboys - Leonard, Frank and Allan Mitchell, c.1933.
Allan, Frank and Leonard, circa 1935.
Allan, Leonard and Frank photographed at home in Ngaio, circa 1940.
Three Mitchell brothers photographed outside the family home in Orari Street, Ngaio, Wellington, circa 1942.
Frank, Leonard and Allan photographed outside the family home in Orari Street, Ngaio, Wellington, circa 1945.
Allan, Leonard Senior, Victoria and Frank, farewell Len (centre) aboard the boat to England, 1947.
The Mitchells joined by their extended family on Victoria's side, farewell Len (centre in the black hat) aboard the boat to England, 1947.