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Charles Lyall Cornelius

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Lyall AWMM
  • Surname
    Cornelius AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 8/27 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 March 1893 AWMM TimaruCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Care of J. B. Reid, Elderslie, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Charles Cornelius (mother), Stafford Street, Timaru, 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
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 8/27 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 OtagoNew 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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Charles Cornelius was the son of C. W. Cornelius, of 11 Cutten St., South Dunedin, New Zealand. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    1915 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    CORNELIUS, Charles Lyall (Pte)
    Otago Infantry Battalion; 10 North Otago Coy; Serial no. 8/27
    Killed in action Mon Apr 26 1915, age unknown
    KIA 26.4.15 (also seen 26-30.4.15) during the Battle of the Landing at Courtney’s and Steele’s Posts sector; Educated in Waimate and Timaru, Canterbury; Reputed to be the first man to enlist in North Otago; NOK M: Mrs Charles Cornelius, Stafford St, Timaru, Canterbury; F: Charles W Cornelius, 11 Cutten St, South Dunedin; Lieut. TH Nisbet wrote in a letter home that his men held a very difficult position for many hours and, though not supported, fought like veterans and never gave an inch. Many of his best men were dead, including Cornelius, who was shot beside him; Lone Pine Mem. (75) Public - Marion - Other relative - 29 December 2017 - cited on the 2779who gave their lives.
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey AWMM

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  • To whom it may concern,

    I am the great grand daughter of Charles Lyall Cornelius.

    I am serving in the regular force NZ Army (since 2008) as a Dental Assistant and would be happy to provide any family or other sources more information.

    I visited in 2015 the memorial at lone pine and saw name on the roll of honour in Turkey. This was a very emotional and humbling experience for me.

    Charles got my great grand mother pregrant prior to him leaving timaru in 1914. So he never got a chance to meet my grandfather Robert John (Jack) Jones. He married my grandmother Mary in Hastings and they had 9 children whom of which most live in Hastings. My father is Gary Charles Jones, mother Alice and brother Adam.

    Thank you,

    Cpl Stacey Jones
    Public - Stacey Alice - Direct descendant - 26 May 2018
  • To whom it may concern,

    My father is John Robert (Jack) Jones and I am the grandson of Charles Lyall Cornelius.
    For those wishing to know futher information about our family connections please contact me.
    I am 1 out of 9 childen and am an father of 2. Both my wife and I live in Hastings.


    Gary Jones
    Public - Stacey Alice - Direct descendant - 26 May 2018



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
28 August 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
26 May 2018Stacey AliceAuckland, New ZealandDirect descendant
29 December 2017Marion Brisbane AustraliaResearcher
28 January 2017AllanRotoruaResearcher

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