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Arnold Grey Nell

Portrait, A.G. Nell in uniform - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, A.G. Nell in uniform - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arnold Grey AWMM
  • Surname
    Nell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Laddie Nell AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 7/556 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 January 1890 AWMM OxfordCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 11 September 1914 AWMM Snowdon, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    George Frederick Nell (father), Omokoroa, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 7/556 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 11 September 1914 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Shepherd/Civilian AWMM
    CanterburyNew 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, WWI AWMM
      Wounded at Walker's Ridge, Gallipoli on 28 May 1915. Admitted to Hospital Ship Gascon on 29 May 1915, then the Egyptian Army Hospital on 6 June and to the Conv. Camp at Helouan on 8 July. He was discharged to duty at Zeitoun on 13 July 1915 and rejoined his unit at Mudros on 4 October. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      He was attached to Divisional Headquarters, ANZAC on 25 November and disembarked at Alexandria on 29 December 1915.He was admitted sick to 76 CCS, Port Said on 13 October 1916 and the same day to 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Port Said. From there he went to 27 General Hospital, Abbassia on 21 October and transferred to the Aotea Conv. Home, Heliopolis on 18 November 1916 to recover. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      By 13 December 1916 he was posted to NZMR Training Regiment at Moascar and was posted to his unit on 19 May 1917. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded again on 31 October 1917. He was admitted to 43 Stationary Hospital on 2 November with a gunshot wound to his leg, transferred to 24 Stationary Hospital, Kantara on 4 November and the next day to 27 General Hospital, Abbassia. From there he again went to the Aotea Conv. Home, Heliopolis where he arrived on 15 November 1917. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      He was posted to the Training Regiment on 5 December 1917 and two laters to the Rest Campat Port Said where he stayed from 7-28 December 1917. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      On 20 January 1918 he was posted to 1 Squadron, CMR and promoted to Lance Corporal on 11 March. By June he was promoted to Temporary Corporal on 24 June. He once again went to Rest Camp, this time in Jerusalem from 5 July to 17 July 1918. His health required him to be admitted to 47 Stationary Hospital, Faza on 10 October 1918, from there to 24 Stationary Hospital on 17 October, the next day to 27 General Hospital and back to Aotea Conv. Home on 8 November 1918. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Letters written to the family during the war are still in the family's possession.

    Arnold Nell was described at 5 feet 8 and a quarter inches tall, weighing 10 stone 4 pounds, of ruddy complexion, brown eyes and medium brown hair. He was twice wounded whilst overseas and also suffered recurring bouts of sickness. This involved several periods of hospitalization, the last stay ending on 8 November 1918. By the end of November (27th) he was posted to NZMR Training Depot and sailed for New Zealand on His Majesty's New Zealand Troop Ship 210 SS Wiltshire from Suez on 26 December 1918. He arrived back in New Zealand on 1 February 1919.

    In total he had served four years and 172 days, most of it overseas (41 days of his army service were spent in New Zealand).

    Rank last held was listed as Temporary Corporal

    He landed at the Dardanelles 9 May 1915 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 May 1983 AWMM
    Age 93 AWMM
    TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tauranga Cemeteries, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM Plot 167, Row A2, Returned Services Section AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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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
      Vol1: 534 AWMM
    • Powles, C.G. (Ed). (1928). History of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles 1914-19. Auckland, N.Z.: Whitcombe & Tombs. 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. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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