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William Matthews

Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 1st - 7th Contingents, (photo J. Halpin September 2011) - No known copyright restrictions

Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 1st - 7th Contingents, (photo J. Halpin September 2 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    Matthews AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Mathews AWMM
  • Service number
    3631 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Glen-iti, Timaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Samuel Matthews (father), Glen-iti, Timaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • 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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Presumed drowned crossing Caledon River at Wesseldale near Wepener, Orange River Colony 27 September 1901.

      Surname is recorded as Matthews in Nominal Roll of Sixth Contingent, as Mathews in Archives New Zealand

      Auckland Museum Boer War " The Second Boer War Veterans" Display. Display item is a framed copy of the Roll of Honour of the 6 Contingent.

      Drowned, Body Never Found

      Father was named Samuel Matthews. AWMM
    • Son of Samuel Mathews (1839-1909) and Catherine Jones (died 1927), one of eight children born between 1879 and 1894. Two brothers, Thomas and Samuel served in WW1 but were both badly wounded, both returning to NZ after recovering. Samuel died in 1924 from results of war wounds.
      Father, Samuel farmed at Rosewill , probably on the road, Rosewill Road, but after his death in 1909, family moved to Avenue Road, Timaru. Public - Elizabeth - Researcher - 22 April 2020 - Military records, Paperspast, Scroll Project
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About death

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  • Death
    27 September 1901 AWMM
    Caledon RiverSouth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
    Drowned while crossing the Caledon River Public - Elizabeth - Researcher - 22 April 2020 - Military File - Archives NZ, Paperspast,
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
    A memorial plaque to William is on the wall of the old Gleniti School , Gleniti Road, TImaru. It wa Public - Elizabeth - Researcher - 22 April 2020 - Paperspast
  • Memorial reference
    Old Gleniti School, Gleniti Road, Timaru Public - Elizabeth - Researcher - 22 April 2020 - Military File - Archives NZ, Paperspast, Photograph of memorial



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  • Memorial name
    Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • External links
    New Zealand History online. New Zealand in the South (Boer) War
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives of New Zealand. AWMM
      1901. H.6. Nominal Roll AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (1992). Kiwi versus Boer : the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM


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22 April 2020ElizabethTimaru, ClaremontResearcher

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