NEILL, Denzil William James
(Service number 50835)

First Rank Gunner Last Rank


Date 22 May 1898 Place of Birth Dannevirke

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waihao Downs, Waimate
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs M. NEILL (mother), Waihao Downs
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

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 32nd Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery
Date 21 November 1917
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
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
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

31 January 1918 admitted to Isolation at Military Hospital, Aldershot - rubella

Post-war Occupations

Commercial traveller


Date 2 February 1981 Age 82 years
Place of Death Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Denzil William John Neill was born on 22 May 1898 at Dannevirke, the oldest son of Ellesmere and Marion (née Manson) Neill. The family was at Waihao Downs, Waimate, when Denzil enlisted. He was farming with his father. Denzil was one of the eleven men on the express when it arrived at Timaru from Waimate, to proceed with the South Canterbury quota of the 30th Reinforcements. They had been entertained at luncheon at Waimate. “A large crowd gathered at the railway station to bid the men farewell. The men are apparently not very keen on send-offs as only about half of them turned up at the station, the others joining the train at Studholme.” The Mayor farewelled the men, and expressed the confidence of all that they would do their duty nobly, and trusted they would return safe to those dear to them. A selection was played by the band as the train left the station to the accompaniment of hearty cheers.

Denzil Neill named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs M. Neill, Waihao Downs. Gunner D. W. J. Neill, just 19 years old, actually embarked at Wellington for Liverpool, England, with the New Zealand Field Artillery of the 32nd Reinforcements, leaving by the “Maunganui” on 21 November 1917.

D. W. J. Neill, 50835, of Waimate, returned to New Zealand by a draft which was on the ex-German Liner Adolf Woermann and was expected at Wellington on 28 September 1919. He rejoined his family at Douglas Settlement, Waihao Downs. Some time before 1936 he had gone to England, where he married Dorothy King in 1938 in London. He was a commercial traveller for a building merchant in 1939, he and Dorothy residing at Harrow, Middlesex.

Denzil William John Neill died on 2 February 1981 at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, aged 82 years.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 October 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [06 October 2021]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 25, 26 & 28 May 1917, Timaru Herald, 29 May 1917, NZ Times, 8 September 1919 (Papers Past) [04, 07 & 10 October 2021]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [06 October 2021]; England Probate Index ( [06 October 2021]; UK 1939 Register ( [6 October 2021]

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