NELSON, Charles Henry
(Service number 53514)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||13 November 1886||Place of Birth||Frizington, Cumberland, England|
|Date||5 February 1917||Age||30 years|
|Address at Enlistment||19 Myrtle Crescent, Wellington|
|Occupation||Butter factory manager|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Miss M. A. NELSON (sister),19 Myrtle Crescent, Wellington; 28 Barrett Street, New Plymouth; 74 Daniel Street, Wellington South; 100 Owen Street, Wellington; C/0 Mrs Tonkin, Bellfield Hill, Timaru|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 3½ inches. Weight 135 lbs. Chest measurement 34½-35½ inches. Complexion fresh. Eyes blue. Hair light. Sight - both eyes 6/24; normal with glasses. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Fit|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||27th Reinforcements, F Company|
|Date||16 July 1917|
|Embarked From||Destination||Liverpool, Merseyside, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||11 April 1919||Reason||No longer physically fit for War Service on account of Wounds received in Action.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
14 October 1918 admitted to hospital at Netley - gunshot wound to back; 19 November transferred to 1st NZ General Hospital at Brockenhurst..
|Date||7 March 1929||Age||42 years|
|Place of Death||Murchison|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Murchison Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Plot 606|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Charles Henry Nelson was the son of Jonathan and Anna Maria (née Sim) Nelson, of Frizington, Arlecdon, Cumberland, England. In 1891 four year old Charles was at home with his family at Frizington, and again in 1901 when he was an errand boy. By 1911 he was a labourer at Timaru, New Zealand. Two brothers followed him to New Zealand – John Radcliffe Nelson, a home missionary, and Isaac William Nelson, a boot salesman. Both were called up in 1917, and Isaac enlisted, serving only in New Zealand. His only sister, Martha Annie Nelson, also came to New Zealand and was next-of-kin for Charles. Charles married dorice (Dot) Brown in 1925 in New Zealand. Dorice lived into her nineties and was buried with Charles at Murchison.
The Methodist Church of Timaru placed a handsome window in the Bank Street Church as a memorial for the war victims of the congregations. Apart from the names of the fallen appearing on the window, the names of all who served were inscribed in a book which was to be preserved in the Church. Included in the names was that of Charles Nelson.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [31 March 2020]; 1891, 1901 England census returns (ancestry.com.au) [31 March 2020]; Murchison Cemetery burial record (Tasman District Council) [31 March 2020]; Timaru Herald, 5 July 1922 (Papers Past) [24 March 2020]
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