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Charles William Melvill

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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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Identity

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  • Forenames
    Charles William AWMM
  • Surname
    Melvill AWMM
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  • Also known as
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    • unknown AWMM
    • 15/35 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 September 1878 AWMM BournemouthEngland AWMM
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Service

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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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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Meningitis AWMM

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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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Death

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  • Death
    15 September 1925 AWMM
    Age 47 AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
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    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

Sources

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  • Documents
    • Taylor, 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. AWMM
    • Second 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. AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
    • Papers Past AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM

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