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Charles William Melvill

  • Service number
    • unknown AWMM
    • 15/35 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Inter War Major General/Military AWMM
    Headquarters, New Zealand Forces AWMM
  • War
    • South African War, 1899-1902 AWMM
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Portrait, Lt.-Col. (Major-General) C.W. Melvill, photo originally published in Austin, W. (1924) p. 208-209 - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles William AWMM
  • Surname
    Melvill AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • unknown AWMM
    • 15/35 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    5 September 1878 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Bournemouth, England AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Bournemouth, England AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    • Pre WW1 Regular soldier/Civilian AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • South African War, 1899-1902 AWMM
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
    • South Africa AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
      Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • unknown AWMM
    • 15/35 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Attached to New Zealand Forces, 1911-12 AWMM
    • New Zealand Rifle Brigade, Egypt AWMM
    • 4 New Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM
    • 1 New Zealand Infantry Brigade AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) AWMM
      CB 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) AWMM
    • Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) AWMM
      CMG 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) AWMM
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO 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) AWMM
    • Queen's South Africa Medal AWMM
      1st m.i.d. citation: London Gazette, 4 January 1917, p262 AWMM
    • 1914 Star (5th Aug-22nd Nov 1914 clasp) AWMM
      2nd m.i.d. citation: London Gazette, 28 May 1918, p6204, Rec No 2769 AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
      3rd m.i.d. citation: London Gazette, 31 December 1918, p15230, Rec No 2769 AWMM
    • Victory Medal with oak leaf AWMM
      4th m.i.d. citation: London Gazette, 11 July 1919, p8836 AWMM
    • Officier de l'Ordre de la Couronne (Belgium) AWMM
      4th m.i.d. citation amended: London Gazette, 12 January 1920, p531 AWMM
    • Croix de Guerre (Belgium) AWMM
      Croix de Guerre (Belgium) citation: "For distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign." (London Gazette, 11 March 1918, p3097) AWMM
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      London Gazette 01/01/1917 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    • Pre WW1 1897 AWMM
    • WW1 10 November 1915 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    • WW1 37 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    • South Africa Second Lieutenant AWMM
      South Lancashire Regiment AWMM
    • WW1 Captain/Military AWMM
      South Lancashire Regiment AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Meningitis AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Inter War 21 October 1919 AWMM
    Transferred to Reserve Forces AWMM
    Major General/Military AWMM
    Headquarters, New Zealand Forces AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with South Lancashire Regiment in 1897

    Served in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902)

    Captain and Adjutant in 1906

    Went to France with South Lancashire Regiment in 1914

    Wounded in France, 1914

    Promoted to Major General and appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the New Zealand Forces, 1924-25

    A 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
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About death

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  • Age at death
    47 AWMM
  • Date of death
    15 September 1925 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of Disease AWMM
  • Place of death
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Death notes
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
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  • I always heard you were a great soldier and will think of you when I visit the Somme this spring, 100 years after you were there. R.I.P. Great-Uncle Charles.
    Public - Shona - Other relative - 29 March 2017
  • I did not meet you. R.I. P. Great-Uncle.
    Public - Jill Veronica Mahinaarangi - Other Relative - 18 April 2015



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29 March 2017ShonaDillon, CO, USAOther relative
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18 April 2015Jill Veronica MahinaarangiWaihi, NZOther Relative