POLSON, Donald John
(Service number 35981; 933)
|Aliases||Enlisted as Donald|
|First Rank||Corporal||Last Rank||Corporal|
|Date||10 October 1870||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||13 November 1916||Age|
|Address at Enlistment||48 College Street, Wellington|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||(1) Mrs R. POLSON (mother), 2 Disraeli Street, Addington, Christchurch; (2) G. M. POLSON (brother), Public Works Department, Westport|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Mounted Rifles|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||8th Contingent|
|Date||7 June 1917|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Military Awards||Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO); Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)|
Award Circumstances and Date
DSO London Gazette, 19 April 1901 "In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa (Especially for services in North West Transvaal.)"
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||11 October 1919||Reason||No longer physically fit on account of illness contraced on active service.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||17 September 1930||Age||60 years|
|Place of Death||Wairau Hospital, Blenheim|
|Cause||Disease - myocardial degeneration|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Omaka Cemetery, Blenheim|
|Memorial Reference||RSA Section, Block D, Plot 9|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Donald John Polson, born on 10 October 1870 at Timaru, was the eldest son of George McLeod and Robertina (née Gunn) Polson, both of whom came from Helmsdale, Caithness, Scotland. Donald had a notable miliyary career, serving in the South frica War, with distinction, in World War One, and with the Forces post World War One.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (incomplete study) [04 May 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [04 May 2017]; Omaka Cemetery, Blenheim, headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records) [04 May 2017]
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