MATHESON, Albert Benzie
(Service number 50063)
|Aliases||Enlisted as Albert MATHESON|
|First Rank||Lance corporal||Last Rank||Lance corporal|
|Date||7 May 1883||Place of Birth||Burnside, Otago|
|Address at Enlistment||C/o Railway Hotel, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John MATHESON (father), Burnside, Dunedin|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||29th Reinforcements, Mount Rifles Brigade|
|Date||13 November 1917|
|Embarked From||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Mounted Rifles|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Salughterman, freezing worker
|Date||16 December 1873||Age||90 years|
|Place of Death||Cherry Farm, Dunedin, Otago|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Andersons Bay Crematorium, Dunedin|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Albert Benzie Mathieson was born on 7 May 1883 at Burnside, Green Island, Otago, the youngest of the five sons of John and Christian (Christina, née Benzie) Mathieson. His parents had married in 1865 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and their first son was born in 1867 at Green Island, New Zealand. Albert’s mother died three weeks after his birth. Albert was educated at Green Island School, leaving at the age of fourteen to work. In April 1893, nine year old Albert Mathieson suffered a severe cut to his cheek, when one of his father’s horses, which he was driving in a paddock, kicked him in the face. When he enlisted (as Albert Matheson), he was a slaughterman at Smithfield Freezing Works, and he gave his address as care of the Railway Hotel, Timaru. He had been listed on the Reserve Rolls as a slaughterman at Burnside, Green Island.
Albert Matheson, 50064 [sic], of Timaru, returned to New Zealand from Egypt, in a draft of 1095, per the “Ulimaroa”, which was due at Auckland on 6 August 1919. He never married and he resided at Burnside, with his father until John died in 1922 and alone until shortly before his own death in 1973. Two brothers were listed on the Reserve Rolls – Alexander David Mathieson and George Benzie Mathieson.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [29 October 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [29 November 2020]; School Admission record (Dunedin Branch NZSG) [29 November 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [29 November 2020]; Andersons Bay Crematorium record (Dunedin City Council) [30 October 2020]; Evening Star, 30 May 1883, 2 August 1922, Otago Daily Times, 18 April 1893, 2 August 1922, NZ Times, 31 July 1919 (Papers Past) [29 October 2020; 29 November 2020]
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