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Donald Polson

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 64), Page: 7 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 64), Page: 7 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald AWMM
  • Surname
    Polson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 35981 AWMM
    • WWI 933 AWMM
    • South African N/N AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 10 October 1871 AWMM TimaruCanterbury AWMM
    • 10 October 1871 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs R. Polson (mother), 2 Disraeli Street, Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • G.M. Polson (brother), Public Works Department, Westport, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 31 March 1900 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 1 February 1902 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 7 June 1917 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • Pre WW1 1911 AWMM Clerk AWMM
    • WW1 13 November 1916 AWMM
    • Inter War 11 August 1920 AWMM
  • 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
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Myocardial degeneration AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Roberta Polson, Christchurch

    Polson went to South Africa twice - first with the Fifth Contingent and then again with the Eighth Contingent as Second-in-command (2I/C) of the North Island Regiment.

    Polson retired with the rank of Major on 31 July 1912.

    Polson's brother, George McLeod Polson, also served with the Eighth Contingent during the Anglo-Boer War.

    NB. Haigh & Polaschek mention that Polson "went to Sth Africa . 20 Jun 1900". However, his unit left on 31 March 1900. The later date could be when he arrived in South Africa. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 17 September 1930 AWMM
      BlenheimMarlborough AWMM
    • 17 September 1930 Noel Smith Research Project
      Age 59 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    • Omaka Cemetery, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand AWMM Soldiers. Plot 9 2nd Row AWMM
    • Omaka Cemetery AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      64: 7 AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2002). Rough Riders at War: history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents. Author: Hamilton, N.Z. AWMM
    • New Zealand Contingents to South Africa: Nominal Rolls (1900). Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • New Zealand Contingents to South Africa: Nominal Rolls, (1902). Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM

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