NELSON, Gilbert Thomas
(Service number 24/867)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Private


Date 21 March 1891 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date 28 May 1915 Age 24
Address at Enlistment Matangi, New Zealand
Occupation Plasterer
Previous Military Experience Lyttelton Naval Artillery (3 years), Timaru Port Guards (2 years)
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Hugh Fergusson NELSON (father), 5 Grey Road, Timaru
Religion Independent
Medical Information 5ft 10in, 173lbs, fair complexion, blue eyes, red hair

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Advance Party
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 2nd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, C Company
Date 18 September 1915
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian and Gallipoli, Western Front
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1914-1915 Star
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 13 April 1919 Reason Termination of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 9 October 1969 Age 78 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Gilbert Thomas Nelson was the son of Hugh Ferguson and Annie (née Hampton) Nelson.

Gilbert Thomas Nelson was born in Christchurch on 21 March 1891, the fifth son of Hugh Ferguson Nelson and his wife Annie (nee Hampton). He was educated at Woolston School.

Gilbert was working as a plasterer upon enlistment, last residing at Matangi and previously employed by H. Hollor of Matangi, Waikato. He was described as 5ft 10in, 173lbs, with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and red hair, single and of "independent" religion. His father Hugh was given as his next of kin, by then living at 5 Grey Rd, Timaru. He stated previous military experience as "Lyttelton Naval Art. 3 years and Timaru Port Guards 2 years". Gilbert was attested on 28 May 1915 and embarked at Wellington later that year for Suez and Egypt as a rifleman with the Advance Party of the 2nd NZ Rifle Brigade. He took part in the campaigns of Egypt and the Western Front, returning to New Zealand in 1919 on the Willochra, and took his final discharge on 13 April 1919 having completed 3 years 321 days service.

After the war Gilbert married Matilda Ann Walker in 1920 , and in the 1928 electoral roll the couple were living at 169 North St, Timaru - Gilbert having returned to his trade as a plasterer. They moved to Christchurch in the late 1940s, living in Sydenham. Gilbert died in Christchurch on 9 October 1969.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 December 2018 & August 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 December 2018]; Timaru Herald, 5 March 1919 (Papers Past) [14 December 2018]; Assorted records at [August 2021]

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