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

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o Railway Hotel, Timaru
Occupation Slaughterman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John MATHESON (father), Burnside, Dunedin
Religion Presbyterian
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 29th Reinforcements, Mount Rifles Brigade
Date 13 November 1917
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Mounted Rifles

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

Salughterman, freezing worker


Date 16 December 1873 Age 90 years
Place of Death Cherry Farm, Dunedin, Otago
Memorial or Cemetery Andersons Bay Crematorium, Dunedin
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

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 ( [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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