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Melville Francis Seymour King

Photograph of 'Ron Wakelin cutting fellow soldier Melve King’s hair, outside barracks at Codford Camp, England.' Image coutesy of Wairarapa100. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of 'Ron Wakelin cutting fellow soldier Melve King’s hair, outside barracks at Codford Cam …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Melville Francis Seymour AWMM
  • Surname
    King AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Melve AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 30610 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 April 1897 AWMM CartertonWellington AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Daniel Thomas King (father), Caterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Messines AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 30610 AWMM
  • Military service
    17th (Ruahine) Regiment AWMM
  • 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
    WW1 1916 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Clerk 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
    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Pneumonia AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Daniel Thomas King and Mary Jane King.

      Husband of Mary Elizabeth Harris King (nee Laurenson).

      Date of birth on attestation recorded as 1896 AWMM
    • Father to Laurence Melville King (born 1927) and Douglas Edwin King (born 1932?). Public - Laurence Melville - Child - 22 April 2022 - Family history


About death

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  • Death
    4 August 1938 AWMM
    Age 41 AWMM
    CartertonWellington AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Clareville Cemetery, Chester Road, Clareville, Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand AWMM Plot 6 Block New Sur AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: Wairarapa Time-Age 5 August 1938 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      47: 6 AWMM
    • Frances, N. & King, D. (2008). Things have been pretty lively: the Great War diary of Melve King. Masterton, N.Z.: Wairarapa Archive in association with Fraser Books. AWMM
    • Wairarapa Daily Times AWMM
      Obituary: Wairarapa Time-Age 5 August 1938 AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
22 April 2022Laurence MelvilleWhanganui, NZChild
19 January 2017MichelleMasterton, New ZealandResearcher

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