(Service number 47348)

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Date 28 August 1874 Place of Birth Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date 20 April 1917 Age 45 years 5 months
Address at Enlistment Holme Station, Timaru
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Miss C. MENZIES (friend), Edward Street, Waimate
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 168 lbs. Chest measurement 38-40½ inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated (left arm). Good bodily & mental health. Slight defect(s) but not sufficient to cause rejection. No fits. Illness - sunstroke 7 years ago, laid up 7 months. Fit. Class A..

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Biographical Notes

Duncan Matheson was born in Scotland, the son of Duncan and Christina Matheson. He came to New Zealand about 1905. When he enlisted in 1917, he was working as a shepherd for elworthy at Holme Station.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0079088) [07 September 2016]; Timaru Herald, 15 December 1916 (Papers Past) [06 September 2016]

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