KELSO, Joseph
(Service number 63004)

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Date 18 August 1889 Place of Birth Drumlane, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment J. Kelso, Willowbridge
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr Smith KELSO (father), Drumlane, Tamlaght, Uppaland, ireland. Also Mrs E. V. Scott (friend), Williowbridge, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Date 21 or 22 November 1917
Transport Maunganui or Willochra
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 15 November 1975 Age 86 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Lawn, Plot 233
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Joseph Kelso was was born on 18 August 1889 at Drumlane, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland., the son of Smith and Mary Jane (née Service) Kelso. His mother died in 1893. Joseph was at home at Drumlane in 1910 and again in 1911. Joseph had been in New Zealand for three years and was a farm labourer at Willowbridge when he enlisted in July 1917 after being called up. The year before, he was listed on the Reserves Roll. In 1929 at Waimate Joseph married Fanny McKenzie who died three months before him.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [07 August 2020]; Waimairi Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [08 August 2020]

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Teresa Scott, SC branch NZSG

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