NELSON, Horatio Charles
(Service number 36161)

Aliases Known as Charles. Enlisted as Charles Horatio NELSON
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 24 October 1894 Place of Birth Waimate, South Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Doyleston, Canterbury
Occupation Grocer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs W. NELSON (mother), Leonard Street, Waimate
Religion Methodist
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 22nd Reinforcements, Specialist Company, Signal Section
Date 16 February 1917
Transport Aparima
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 16 July 1956 Age 61 years
Place of Death Rakaia
Memorial or Cemetery Rakaia Cemetery
Memorial Reference Plot 494
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Horatio Charles Nelson, known as Charles, was born on 24 October 1894 at Waimate, the fifth son of William Robertson and Catherine (née Graham) Nelson. He was educated at the Waimate District High School where he was awarded a prize in the infant department in 1901.

He enlisted as Charles Horatio Nelson. Private C. H. Nelson embarked by the “Aparima” on 16 February 1917 with the Sprcialst Company, Signal Section, of the 22nd Reinforcements, headed for Plymouth, England. He had nominated his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs W. Nelson, Leonard Street, Waimate. C. H. Nelson, 36161, Waimate, returned to New Zealand by Draft No. 149, which was to arrive in March 1918.

Charles married Florence Mary Merriman in 1924. He died on 16 July 1956 at Rakaia, aged 58 years, and was buried in the local cemetery.

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

The Methodist Church of Timaru placed a handsome window in the Bank Street Church as a memorial for the war victims of the congregations. Apart from the names of the fallen appearing on the window, the names of all who served were inscribed in a book which was to be preserved in the Church. Included in the names was that of Charles Nelson. Was this Charles Horatio Nelson?


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [31 March 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [31 March 2020]; Rakaia Cemetery burial record (Ashburton District Council) [31 March 2020]; Waimate Daily Times, 14 December 1901, NZ Times, 14 March 1918, Timaru Herald, 5 July 1922 (Papers Past) [2020; 19 July 2021]

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