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Malcolm Duncan Neilson

Malcolm Duncan Neilson - This image may be subject to copyright

Malcolm Duncan Neilson - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Malcolm Duncan AWMM
  • Surname
    Neilson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    The Kauri Kid AWMM
  • Service number
    4345 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 February 1919 AWMM WestportBuller District AWMM
    Westport, West Coast, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 13 September 1939 AWMM 58 Coutts Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs L.A. Neilson (mother), PO Box 73, Napier, 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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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Trentham Military Camp AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 13 September 1939 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Truck Driver AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Caught pneumonia twice AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to 2/10 General Hospital and 4 Field Hospital. AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Emphysema and respiratory failure AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • On enlistment Mr Neilson stated his date of birth as 1918 rather than 1919.

    Driver Neilson returned to New Zealand with the 1st Furlough Draft on 13 July 1943, was examined and found to be medically unfit for further service.

    In civilian life Malcolm Neilson drove a log truck and on joining the ASC he was given a small half ton truck. He objected strongly to this and his officer said "What have we here, The Kauri Kid?" The name stuck throughout his service and afterwards.

    5 January 1940. The First Echelon of 2 NZEF (354 officers and 6175 other ranks) embarked for the Middle East in Empress of Canada, Strathaird, Orion and Rangitata at Wellington, and in Dunera and Sobieski at Lyttelton.After crossing the Tasman Sea the convoy was joined by the Australian transports Empress of Japan, Orcades, Otranto, Orford, and Strathnaver.The naval escorts comprised: between Wellington and Sydney, HMAS Canberra, HMAS Australia, HMS Ramillies and HMS Leander: Sydney-Fremantle, Canberra, Australia and Ramillies: Fremantle-Colombo, Ramillies, HMS Kent and the French cruiser Suffren: Colombo-Aden-Port Tewfik, Ramillies, HMS Sussex, HMAS Hobart, HMS Westcott and HMS Eagle. The convoy reached Fremantle on 20 January, Colombo on 30 January and Port Tewfik on 12 February. From 'CHRONOLOGY New Zealand in the War 1939-1946' Compiled by R Kay, 1968 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 November 1963 AWMM
    Age 43 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Manunui Cemetery, Manunui, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: NZ Herald, 11 November 1963 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald 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
      WW2 1: WW2 132 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: NZ Herald, 11 November 1963 AWMM

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