(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|
|Address at Enlistment||C/ John Bray, Cricklewood|
|Previous Military Experience||2nd SC Regiment|
|Next of Kin||John Nelson (father), Cave|
|Medical Information||5ft 5in, 152lbs, sallow complexion, 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|
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|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment|
|Service Medals||British War Medal, Victory Medal|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||10 January 1918||Age||26|
|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|
Thomas Nelson was born at Cave on 8 July 1891 to John and Selina Nelson. He enlisted on 11 May 1917 when he was 25 – at that time he was a teamster working for John Bray at Cricklewood. He was described as being 5ft 5in, 152lbs, of sallow complexion, with brown hair, and brown eyes, single, and Presbyterian. He gave his next of kin as his father, John Nelson of Cave.
Thomas became a private with the 27th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Coy. He embarked at Wellington on 13 June 1917 on the troopship Tahiti sailing for Devonport, England. Therehe proceeded to Sling Camp, leaving for France and the Western Front on 6 October. Thomas Nelson received multiple shell wounds while in action on 9 January 1918. He was taken to a field hospital where he died the following day. He was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. His will named his mother, Mrs J Nelson of Cave.
The Timaru Herald of 31 January 1918 reported: "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." A memoriam notice in The Timaru Herald of 10 January 1920 reads:" In loving memory of Private Tom Nelson, died of wounds somewhere in France, 10th January, aged 21 years. Somewhere abroad in a soldier’s grave Lies my dear son amongst the brave, Unknown to the world he stands by my side And whispers Dear Mother death cannot divide. Inserted by his loving father, mother, sisters and brothers (Ma Waro)."
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph [June 2021]; SCRoll web submission by M Mowatt, 4 March & 2 April 2018; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records [June 2021]
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Maree Bowen, SC branch NZSG; Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG
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