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George Baillie Nelson

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George Nelson

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Baillie AWMM
  • Surname
    Nelson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    2940 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 August 1917 AWMM NgaruawahiaWaikato AWMM
    Ngaruawahia, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 October 1939 AWMM 436 New North Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs D.H. Nelson (mother), 436 New North Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: New Zealand Gazette, 2 May 1946. Citation: "From 9 April 1945 when the attack started to 24 April 1945 when the Division reached the Po, Major Nelson commanded the Squadron (B) supporting 28 New Zealand Maori Battalion with extraordinary dash and skill. All his troop commanders were commanding troops for the first time, but his foresight and sound appreciations enabled him to have tanks in the right place in the right moment ... His skilful use of Medium and Support Artillery undoubtedly accounted for much of the opposition and the information he passed back was invaluable. During these reconnaissances he was continually sniped at and on one occasion was heavily shelled and pinned down for 30 minutes ... Throughout the whole of the sixteen days his Squadron was in action and in contact with the enemy, Major Nelson was untiring in his efforts to secure a route forward, either through or around enemy pockets. He carried out countless daring reconnaissances without thought for his personal safety and his energy and skill in pressing relentlessly forward was an inspiration to his Squadron and all with whom he worked. The quantities of enemy material, tanks and anti-tank guns in the path of his advance are eloquent testimony to the brilliant tactical handling of his troops. His leadership, energy, initiative and service above and beyond the call of duty is deserving of the highest honour." (Haigh & Polaschek, p185) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Oct 1939 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Biographical information

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    • NB. Haigh and Polaschek incorrectly give Nelson's serial number as 2946 instead of 2940. They also give his NZ Gazette date as 30 April 1946 -- however, there is no Gazette for this date, and Nelson appears in the 2 May 1946 edition. The WWII nominal rolls incorrectly give Nelson's middle name as Baille without the second "i". AWMM
    • George was a member of the 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force rugby team 1945/46 (The Kiwis) which toured Britain and Europe. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 25 March 2021 - research
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About death

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  • Place of death
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.133 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.96 AWMM


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25 March 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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