NELSON, David Arthur
(Service number (1) 169; (2) N 102040)

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Date 24 February 1886 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin W. NELSON (father), Bell Street, Waimate
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Australian mperial Force Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
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
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date *1947 Age
Place of Death New South Wales, Australia
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

David Arthur Nelson was born on 24 February 1886 at Waimate, the fourth son of William Robertson and Catherine (née Graham) Nelson. He was most probably educated at the Waimate District High School. His name was recorded on the New Zealand World War One Nominal Rolls in the Australian Expeditionary Force, with the 3rd Light Horse Regiment. His next-of-kin was his father – W. Nelson, Bell Street, Waimate. His original service number was 169; a later number was assigned – N 102040. The record held by National Archives of Australia consists of an empty envelope. It may be that his records have been amalgamated with his World War Two records.

David married Ophyra Leiteritz in 1928 in New South Wales. He died in 1947. His younger brothers, Horatio Charles Nelson and Herbert Alfred Nelson both served in World War I with the New Zealand Forces.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [31 March 2020]; New South Wales marriage & death registrations (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages) [19 July 2021]

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