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Meryll Arabella Neely



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Meryll Arabella AWMM
  • Surname
    Neely AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    48402 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Brackenfield, Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.L. Neely (mother), "Brackenfield", Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • In August 1941 Meryll Neely became New Zealand's first female officer. She led a group of 30 women to serve in the New Zealand Forces club, Cairo. This unit of the Women's War Service Auxiliary, known as the 'Tuis' arrived in Cairo in 1941. The Tuis were later absorbed into the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps.

      When the war ended in Europe Meryll worked for the United Nations Refugee and Rehabilitation Agency's headquarters at Tirana in Albania.

      A small exhibit dedicated to Meryll Neely is on display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, 'Scars on the Heart' gallery. AWMM
    • Meryll was the first secretary of the Mill Manager of Tasman Pulp and Paper Co. Ltd. in Kawerau. She joined the company in 1954 and retired on 30 November 1965 with plans of returning to Cambridge and travelling. During her time in Kawerau she was elected to the Borough Board of Commissioners in 1961. She was also involved with the many community organisations in Kawerau including the Professional Women's Club, RSA and the Chamber of Commerce. Public - Kim - Researcher - 3 February 2015 - Tasman Logbook October 1961, pg8
      Tasman Tradewind magazine, December 1965
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About death

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  • Death
    5 July 1975 Cambridge Museum Biography
  • Date of death
    5 July 1975 Public - Kim - Researcher - 3 February 2015 -
  • Age at death
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  • External links
    Cambridge Museum Biography
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • 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
      WW2 5: WW2 156 AWMM
    • Neely, Meryll Arabella. Papers. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 801. AWMM
    • Gardiner, Dorothy J. 'New Zealand Women in the Forces', 1866 - 1946. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/144. AWMM
    • Montgomerie, D. (2001). The women's war : New Zealand women 1939-45. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland University Press. AWMM
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. 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
      p.156 AWMM


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03 February 2015KimOhope, New ZealandResearcher
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