MATHIAS, Charles Lawes
(Service number 7/1100)

Aliases Charlie
First Rank Sergeant Last Rank


Date 19 October 1892 Place of Birth Leeston, Canterbury, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waimate
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin L. MATHIAS (father), P. O. Box 191, Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 5th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Transport Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
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

Post-war Occupations



Date 12 September 1969 Age 76 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Burkes Pass Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Charles Lawes Mathias, known as Charlie, was born on 19 October 1892 at Leeston, the son of Lewis and Edith Caroline (née Vigers) Mathias. He was educated at Opawa School, Christchurch, until the family moved to Elephant Hill, South Canterbury, in August 1901. Charlie married Beryl Marjorie Herbert-Smith in 1929. His brother Lewis died of wounds in 1915 and brother Owen was killed in action in 1918.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [02 January 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [02 January 2018]; School Admission record (Canterbury Branch NZSG) [02 January 2018]; Burkes Pass Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch cemetery records) [02 January 2018]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 21 August 1915 (Papers Past) [30 June 2016]

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