Charles William Melvill 5 September 1878 - 15 September 1925 Key details Contribute › Service numberunknown AWMM15/35 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeInter War AWMMMajor General AWMMHeadquarters, New Zealand Forces AWMM WarSouth African War, 1899-1902 AWMMWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Portrait, Lt.-Col. (Major-General) C.W. Melvill, photo origi … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesCharles William AWMM SurnameMelvill AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service numberunknown AWMM15/35 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth5 September 1878 AWMM Place of birthBournemouthEngland AWMM Birth notesBournemouthEngland AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentPre WW1 AWMMRegular soldier AWMMWW1 AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkation Relationship status Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarSouth African War, 1899-1902 AWMMWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM CampaignsSouth Africa AWMM1914-1919 AWMMWestern Front AWMM1915-1916 AWMMGallipoli AWMMGallipoliTurkey AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service numberunknown AWMM15/35 AWMM Military unitsNew Zealand Rifle Brigade, Egypt AWMM4 New Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM1 New Zealand Infantry Brigade AWMM Military serviceNew Zealand Rifle Brigade, Egypt AWMM4 New Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM1 New Zealand Infantry Brigade AWMM Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsCompanion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) AWMMCB citation: "For exceptionally good leadership on the 5th of April, 1918, at La Signy Farm in the Colincamps Sector, when, on his own initiative, he carried out with his Brigade a most successful attack, thereby securing all the high ground overlooking the British lines. This attack secured our defensive positions, and reduced casualties to a minimum during the following months. Throughout the Autumn Advance he handled his Brigade with great judgment and skill." (London Gazette, 3 June 1919, p6790, Rec No 3401) AWMMCompanion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) AWMMCMG citation: "This Officer commanded his Brigade, 1st N.Z. Infantry Brigade, at the taking of Gravenstafel Ridge, 4th October 1917. His work as a commander has been very good, and is well deserving of recognition." (London Gazette, 3 June 1918, p6454, Rec No 1939) AWMMCompanion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMMDSO citation: "For conspicuous ability and good work since the arrival of the Division in France in April. When the trenches around Armentieres, he organised and planned a very successful raid against the German trenches. His Battalion at all times has shown great keenness in their work and the credit of this is due to a large extent to his own example. During the advance and capture of Flers on the 13th September, Colonel Melvill again showed conspicuous ability and considerable military knowledge. After his Battalion had captured their objective and seeing the Battalion ahead of him held up, he at once sent forward a Company to assist and so enabled the trench to be captured. Throughout the operations he had a thorough grasp of the situation, and used his command with skill and judgement, sending up reinforcements at the critical moment." (London Gazette, 1 January 1917, p29, Rec No 358) AWMMQueen's South Africa Medal AWMM1st m.i.d. citation: London Gazette, 4 January 1917, p262 AWMM1914 Star (5th Aug-22nd Nov 1914 clasp) AWMM2nd m.i.d. citation: London Gazette, 28 May 1918, p6204, Rec No 2769 AWMMBritish War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM3rd m.i.d. citation: London Gazette, 31 December 1918, p15230, Rec No 2769 AWMMVictory Medal with oak leaf AWMM4th m.i.d. citation: London Gazette, 11 July 1919, p8836 AWMMOfficier de l'Ordre de la Couronne (Belgium) AWMM4th m.i.d. citation amended: London Gazette, 12 January 1920, p531 AWMMCroix de Guerre (Belgium) AWMMCroix de Guerre (Belgium) citation: "For distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign." (London Gazette, 11 March 1918, p3097) AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentPre WW1 AWMM1897 AWMMWW1 AWMM10 November 1915 AWMM Age on enlistmentPre WW1 AWMMWW1 AWMM37 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsSouth Africa AWMMWW1 AWMM Embarkation bodySouth Africa AWMMSouth Lancashire Regiment AWMMSecond Lieutenant AWMMWW1 AWMMSouth Lancashire Regiment AWMMCaptain AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesDied of DiseaseCause of Death AWMMMeningitis AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankInter War AWMM21 October 1919 AWMMTransferred to Reserve Forces AWMMMajor General AWMMHeadquarters, New Zealand Forces AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with South Lancashire Regiment in 1897Served in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902)Captain and Adjutant in 1906Went to France with South Lancashire Regiment in 1914Wounded in France, 1914Promoted to Major General and appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the New Zealand Forces, 1924-25A Private Herbert Dooley of the NZEF Main Body was assigned the same serial number, 15/35, as Melvill. This was most likely a clerical error as Melvill did not enlist in New Zealand. AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death47 AWMM Date of death15 September 1925 AWMM Cause of deathDied of Disease AWMM Place of deathWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Death notesWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameKarori CemeteryWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Grave reference Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Charles William Melvill by laying a poppy. Joseph Meltzer Samuel Meltzer Charles William Melvill Alexander Melville Alexander George Melville Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Charles William Melvill Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksAustin, W. (1924). The official history of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade (The Earl of Liverpool's Own). Wellington, L T Watkins. Digital copyhttp://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH1-NZRi.htmlSources UsedMilitary personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=20806164Archives NZNational Archives of New Zealand, National Collection of War Art. Portrait.http://warart.archives.govt.nz/node/160Further ReferenceNew Zealand History online. New Zealand in the South (Boer) War.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/the-south-african-boer-war/introductionFurther Reference DocumentsTaylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMPapers Past AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.