NELSON, Herbert Alfred
(Service number 18135)

First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank


Date 5 August 1897 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 10 August 1917 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment C/o Store, Doyleston
Occupation Baker
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs W. NELSON (mother), Innis Street, Waimate
Religion Presbyterian
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Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 34th Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company
Date 8 February 1918
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
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Date 25 February 1961 Age 63 years
Place of Death Wellington
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated & ashes interred at Karori, Wellington
Memorial Reference Soldiers Niche, Plot 4 Div I1
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Herbert Alfred Nelson was born on 5 August 1897 at Waimate, the youngest son of William Robertson and Catherine (née Graham) Nelson. He was most probably educated at the Waimate District High School.

Lance Corporal H. A. Nelson embarked by the “Ulimaroa” on 8 February 1918 with the Auckland Infantry Regiment of the 34th Reinforcements, headed for Liverpool. He had nominated his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs W. Nelson, Innis Street, Waimate. Pte. H. A. Nelson, Waimate, returned to New Zealand by the “Mamari” which was scheduled to arrive at Auckland on 18 August 1919.

In 1948 he married Elizabeth Walker Simpson. He died on 25 February 1961 at Wellington, aged 63 years. He was cremated at Karori and his ashes interred in the Soldiers Niche at Karori, Elizabeth died in 1983 and her ashes were interred with Herbert’s.

His brothers David Arthur Nelson and Horatio Charles Nelson also served in World War I, David with the Australian Forces and Charles with the New Zealand Forces.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 July 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [16 July 2021]; Karori cremation & burial records (Wellngton City Council) [19 July 2021]; Sun, 8 August 1919 (Papers Past) [16 July 2021]

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