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Richard S. May

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 495 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 495 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Richard S. AWMM
  • Surname
    May AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Richard May AWMM
    • Dick Public - Michelle - 23 February 2016 - Family records
  • Service number
    WWI 9/1336 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    11 June 1892 Public - Michelle - 23 February 2016 - Military Personnel File
  • Place of birth
    Assam, India Public - Michelle - 23 February 2016 - Military Personnel File
  • Birth notes
    Son of a British tea planter and local Indian woman. Public - Michelle - 23 February 2016 - PhD research and website of Jane McCabe, Otago University (
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Mossburn, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • W. Harrison (friend), Dipton, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Former employer Public - Michelle - 23 February 2016 - Family records
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 August 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Battle of the Somme AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 9/1336 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Shepherd/Civilian AWMM
    OtagoNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Shepherd Public - Michelle - 23 February 2016 - Military Personnel File
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    15 September 1916 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Signaller R.S. May

    Advice has been received that Signaller Richard S. May, late of Dipton was killed while in action in France on September 15. He was born at Assam, and was educated at Darjeeling, Northern India. He was on active service on Gallipoli Peninsula for some considerable time, and was there at the time of evacuation. Afterwards, while in Egypt, he was offered the position of interpreter to the Indian troops, with the rank of Sergeant, but declined promotion and went on to France with his unit. He left New Zealand with the 6th Reinforcements" - "The Roll of Honour", Soutland Times, issue 17854, 4 October 1916. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 495 AWMM
    • McCabe, J. ‘An Ideal Life: Anglo-Indians in the NZEF’, in Katie Pickles, David Monger and Sarah Murray (eds) Endurance and the First World War: Experiences and Legacies in New Zealand and Australia (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), 196-214. AWMM
    • Southland Times AWMM
      "The Roll of Honour", issue 17854, 4 October 1916. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Leckie, J. (2021). Invisible : new zealand's history of excluding kiwi-indians. New Zealand: Massey University Press. AWMM
    • Roche, M. and Venkateswar, S. "Neither Natural-born British Subjects Nor Aliens: Indians in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force" in Crawford, J., Littlewood, David, & Watson, James. (2016). Experience of a lifetime : People, personalities and leaders in the First World War. Auckland, New Zealand : Massey University Press. 2016. AWMM


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12 July 2023Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
14 April 2017AllanRotoruaResearcher
23 February 2016MichelleChristchurchOther

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