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John Matson

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Matson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack AWMM
  • Service number
    41 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 14 April 1876 AWMM
    • 14 April 1876 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Martha Matson, Cambridge, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Relief of Kimberley AWMM
    • Driefontein AWMM
    • Wittebergen AWMM
    • 24 May 1900-31 May 1902 Transvaal AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    41 AWMM
  • Military service
    Waikato Mounted Rifles, No.3 Company AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    South Africa Farmer/Civilian 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
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Matson was present at Kimberley Camp in February 1900. He was promoted to Lance-Sergeant and received a commission with the North Staffordshire Regiment.(Stowers, p.169)

    He returned to New Zealand aboard the S.S 'Chicago' from Cape Town in February 1901. Matson returned to South Africa and became Lieutenant in August 1901.

    After the war Matson was posted to the Indian Army as Lieutenant in January 1903, Captain in May 1905, Major in May 1915 and Lieutenant-Colonel in May 1926. (Stowers, p.169)

    In India he was Assistant Director of Grass Farms and Assistant Director of Farms and was based in Lahore. In 1909 Matson was sent to Queensland on special service to study farming and cropping, and then travelled to New Zealand, Argentina, Chile and Britain before returning to India. (Stowers, p.169)

    Matson retired as Lieutenant-Colonel (OBE) and returned to New Zealand. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 16 October 1950 AWMM
      KawhiaWaikato AWMM
    • 16 October 1950 Noel Smith Research Project
      Age 75 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    • Cremated at Waikumete Crematorium, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Ashes scattered over RSA plots AWMM
    • Waikumete Cemetery AWMM
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