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Nathanial Fidler

Photograph of Nathanial Fidler. Image kindly provided by Gordon Fidler (September 2020).

Photograph of Nathanial Fidler. Image kindly provided by Gordon Fidler (September 2020).

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    Fidler AWMM
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    • This record has been created from details provided from Archives New Zealand's Archway database and indicates a personnel file is available at Archives New Zealand. AWMM
    • Nathanael Fidler, son of William Ide Fidler and Margaret Burtt, was born on 22 Jun 1881 in Grunthal, South Australia, Australia, died on 30 Aug 1965 in 38 Union Street, New Brighton, Christchurch, North Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand at age 84, and was cremated on 1 Sep 1965 in Christchurch, North Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand (Linwood Crematorium). Another name for Nathanael was Nathaniel.
      General Notes: Nathanael's schooling started when he was enrolled at the Mt Barker Primary School on the 24th January 1888. They were living in Fidler Lane, Wistow and his father is recorded as being a miner. He stayed at the Mt Barker Primary School until he finished his schooling in June 1894. On the 28 Feb 1902 The "Mt Barker Courier" reported that Nathanael went to New Zealand in July 1901. But a shipping passenger list shows he arrived in Lyttelton from Melbourne on the 23rd April 1901 on board the "SS Talune" travelling steerage class. He was
      admitted to Christchurch Hospital (North Canterbury, New Zealand) on the 14 October 1901 with influenza. On the admission document he is recorded as being a single man, a labourer, was living in Oxford, his religion is noted as Baptist, nationality as Australian, age 20 and was recommended for admission by a Dr Volekman. Nathanael was discharged from Christchurch Hospital on the 29 Oct 1901. The same newspaper article as noted above states "Mr Nathanael Fidler, second son of Mr. Wm. Fidler, of Wistow, who left South Australia in July for New Zealand and who subsequently went to Durban, arriving there on December 26, has written home stating that he has joined the Imperial Light Horse and has been sent to the front. Friends will be pleased to hear that when the letter was despatched he was in good health and spirits." Nathanael joined the Imperial Irregular Corps, Light Horse on the 28 December 1901, regimental number 2990. On his Attestation record the spelling of his first name is Nathaniel. He is noted as having a "Fresh" complexion, blue eyes, fair coloured hair, being 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. His next of kin is listed as his mother, Margaret Fidler. Records for the Imperial Irregular Corps. are very scarce as they did not record much and no personnel records were kept. From a letter that Nathanael wrote to his mother (and published in "The Mt Barker Courier" on
      the 11 April 1902) we know that he had been at Dyson's Farm on about the 24 Jan 1902, the letter itself was written in Heilbron on the 11 Feb 1902. He does not seem to think very highly of the Boers as he states " Such is the cowardice of the Boers." During this period he was involved in the capturing of De Villier's laager and the fighting against De Wet's forces. It is known that at some stage during the Boer War, Nathanael was shot in the knee and knocked off his horse, but no further information on this is available. He was also promoted to the rank of Corporal during his service. Nathanael was discharged from the Imperial Irregular Light Horse on the 1st July
      1902 when his unit was disbanded. He returned to Mt Barker in August 1902 and is recorded playing cricket for Mt Barker in October 1902 and April 1903. In November 1905, in New Zealand, Nathanael was presented with the Imperial South African War medal and two clasps, one for Transvaal and the other for the Orange Free States. He was listed in the New Zealand Electoral Roll for the 1905-06 electoral year in the district of Christchurch East.
      The Mt Barker Courier on the 7 August 1908 records Nathanael's marriage, "FIDLER - STEWART - On April 27th 1908, at the Presbyterian Church, Rangiora, New Zealand, by the Rev. D. J. Steele, Nat, second son of W. I. Fidler, Mount Barker, S.A., to Jean eldest daughter of J. Stewart, "Thongcastor", West Oxford." Newspaper articles in "The Press" (Christchurch) record Nathanael playing cricket for Swannanoa from at least 1911 to 1914, in 1914 he was elected captain of the Swannanoa Cricket Club. Public - Gordon William - Other relative - 20 September 2020 - Military records, school records, newspaper items, personal letters
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20 September 2020Gordon WilliamMelbourne, AustraliaOther relative
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