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Nelson Reginald Mathers



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Nelson Reginald AWMM
  • Surname
    Mathers AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    WWII 426389 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 November 1919 AWMM HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM C/o P.O., Te Awamutu AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Miss E.R. Mathers, c/o P.O., Horotiu (s) AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    3 August 1944 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Mathers, Nelson Reginald. (Ref. WO 373/7/128). Military Medal. AWMM

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Prisoner of war

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  • Lance Corporal N. R. Mathers, MM; Te Rapa; born Hamilton, 5 Nov 1919; farmhand; wounded 2 May 1944. (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p.322.)

    'Meanwhile Battalion Headquarters, in the cellar at the end of the row of flats, could hear the starter motor of a tank warming up. None of our tanks were in the vicinity, but the noise was unmistakable and was eventually traced to the next row of buildings. That noise explained why the battalion was being fired on from the back as well as from both flanks and the front. Second-Lieutenant Voss crept like an alley cat from building to building until he located a couple of Shermans, then guided them through the maze of debris to where they could fire on the enemy hideout. Either the enemy tank saw what was coming and called for assistance, or the mortar crews did not need telling, for a positive storm of artillery and mortar shells fell on the area. It was a battle within a battle, with the enemy firing on the Shermans and the Shermans firing on the enemy hideout. No. 13 Platoon, now commanded by Sergeant Babe, was ordered to occupy the building. Ably assisted by Corporal Reg Mathers, Babe led the platoon across the open ground through the hail of fire and, with grenade and tommy gun, cleaned up the post. The platoon remained in the building until the walls fell in and it was ordered to vacate it. The wireless set in the tank was still in working order and without doubt had been directing artillery fire on our positions.' (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p. 322.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 December 1988 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      p.322. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.131 AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
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