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Mabel Gertrude Gray

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 279 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 279 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mabel Gertrude AWMM
  • Surname
    Gray AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    McKay AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/237 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female 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
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Care of Mrs C. E. Gray, Weka Street, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Clara E. Gray (mother), Weka Street, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 4 December 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/237 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Information kindly provided by Cheryl Carnahan, Researcher Nelson Genealogy
    Mabel was in the 1919 Electoral Roll for Auckland East, Nurses Club, Mountain Road listed as a spinster. 1920 NZ Gazette of registered nurses Mabel listed as staying at the Nurses Club East Auckland and registered as Mabel Gertrude Gray.

    In 1922 list of registered nurses she is called by the married name McKay and her address is given as Mt Albert, Auckland. Mabel is listed in the list of registered nurses in the NZ Govt Gazette 1923, 1924, 1925 & 1933 as Mabel Gertrude McKay(Gray). There is no proof that Mabel married a McKay. Seems there was confusion between Mabel Gray and Nurse Mary Gray who married John McKay, 1921, lived in Mt Albert, Auckland. This error seems to have been repeated in the NZ Govt Gazette and copied onto other records.

    Mabel left Auckland on the Niagara on 26 August 1920, bound for Honolulu. She arrived on 5 September 1920. On the passenger records Mabel gave her address as C/- the Nurses Club, Wellington, New Zealand. On 26 January 1921 she sailed from Honolulu on the Maui for San Francisco. She arrived on 1 Feb 1921 at San Francisco with her last residence being stated as Hawaii. She left Honolulu on 26 June 1921 bound for San Francisco on the ship Maui. The passenger list describes her as aged 34, born in Nelson, New Zealand and of "Scottish ethnicity." Her last permanent address before boarding the ship was given as Honolulu Mabel's stepfather Harrison Cowman in the official statement on the probate file relating to his late wife Clara Cowman in January 1930 stated that her daughter Mabel was Mrs Mabel Gertrude Wilson . Canadian immigration records of October 1923 show that Mabel had married an American and gained American citizenship through him. Her American address was given as 17 Beekman Place, Manhattan, New York. However when Mabel moved to Montreal to seek work as a nurse the immigration form stated that her intended address was the YWCA in Montreal, the "total value of her effects" was £150 and that she was a widow.

    Mabel was researched by Kay Switzer of the NZ Society of Genealogists Nelson Branch for the book All Guts No glory Nelson Tasman Nurses and Chaplains of WW1 see page 151. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • a great aunt that obviously I never met..she met an American officer I believe in Egypt and spent rest her life in USA and Canada..had one son who in later years made a number of visits to NZ..muched loved by her sister my father and grandmother were about to journey by sea to USA when second war broke out..Mabel was seen as being ahead of her time..adventurous..her officer husband was from a wealthy family but lost heavily in the 1929 crash and took his life as a result..i only wish id enquired more about her from family before it was too late..she was quite an artist..amazing landscapes.
    Public - jon - Direct descendant - 25 April 2017



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 279 AWMM
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • McNabb, S. (2015). 100 years New Zealand military nursing : New Zealand Army nursing service : Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps, 1915-2015. Hawke's Bay, N.Z.: Sherayl McNabb. AWMM


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21 August 2021PeterNelsonResearcher
25 April 2017jonfeatherston southern wairarapaDirect descendant

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