BRASELL, Reginald Percival
(Service number 74419)

Aliases Rex
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 9 November 1897 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 14 Church Street West, Timaru
Occupation Plasterer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs E. E. BRASELL (mother), 14 Church Street West, Timaru
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 39th Reinforcements, E Company
Date 13 June 1918
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Military Awards

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Prisoner of War Information

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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 16 October 1974 Age 76 years
Place of Death Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Purewa Crematorium
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Reginald Percival Brasell, known as Rex, was born on 9 November 1897 at Timaru, the youngest son of Robert and Eliza Emily (née Lane) Brasell. Along with his siblings he was educated at Timaru Main School. He was a plasterer living at home with his mother when he enlisted. His father had died in 1912. R. P. Brasel [sic] was in quite a large draft of men who went into camp at the beginning of March 1918 as South Canterbury’s quota for the 39th Reinforcements. Before leaving the men were given a brief farewell at the Drill Shed. Rex married Clarice May Skellern in 1925. His brother, Frank Walter Brasell, also served in World War I, and a cousin, Alfred Brasell was killed in action in 1917 at Messines.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [04 August 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [04 August 2020]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [04 August 2020]; Waimate Lawn Cemetery headstone image (Waimate District Council) [04 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 2 March 1918 (Papers Past) [10 January 2016]

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