(Service number 49647)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||8 July 1891||Place of Birth||Cave, N.Z.|
|Date||11 May 1917||Age||25 yrs 6 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||C/ John Bray, Cricklewood|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John Nelson (father), Cave|
|Medical Information||Height 5.feet 5 inches Brown hair brown eyes|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||27th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company|
|Date||13 June 1917|
|Transport||HMNZT 87 Tahiti|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Devonport, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment|
|Service Medals||Britisah War Medal, Victory Medal|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Place of Death||France|
|Cause||Died of wounds|
|Notices||Timaru Herald 24 Jan 1918|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium|
|Memorial Reference||XXXVI C 12|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Albury War Memorial; Cave First World War Memorial; Albury Football Club Roll of Honour; Fairlie War Memorial|
Son of John and Selina Nelson of Cave. NZ BMDs 1891/11594 Thomas Nelson, born to Selina and John Nelson.
Timaru Herald 31 Jan 1918 - "Private T Nelson, whose death was recorded last week, was the second son of J. and S. Nelson, Ma Waro. Private Nelson was born at Ma Waro, and was educated at the Cave School. After leaving school he worked for six years with Messrs Auston Bros, Albury. He left with the 27th Reinforcements. He was 26 years of age when he died."
Timaru Herald 10 Jan 1920 - "Nelson, In loving memory of Private Tom Nelson, died of wounds somewhere in France 10 January, aged 26 years. Somewhere a broad in a soldiers' grave lies my dear son amongst the brave, Unknown to the world he stands buy my side and whispers, Dear Mother, death cannot divide. Inserted by loving father, mother, sisters, brothers (Ma Waro)."
Auckland War memorial Museum Cenotaph; SCRoll web submission by M Mowatt, 4 March & 2 April 2018
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Maree Bowen, SC branch NZSG; Carol Bell
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