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Full Name: John William Neilson
Rank Last Held: Trooper
Forename(s): John William
Surname: Neilson
Also Known As: Neilsen
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 9/979
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Trooper
Next of Kin: Henry Neilson (father), Te Namu, Westport, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Te Namu, New Zealand
Military District: Canterbury
Body on Embarkation: 4th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit: Otago Mounted Rifles
Embarkation Date: 17 April 1915
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Page on Nominal Roll: 534
Last Unit Served: Otago Mounted Rifles
Place of Death: Malta to Gallipoli
Date of Death: 3 September 1915
Age at Death: 19
Year of Death: 1915
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta
Grave Reference: B. VII. 2.
Biographical Notes: John Meilsen was the son of Henry and Margaret Neilsen, of Young's Rd., Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand. Born at Ross, Westland.
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915
Additional Information: Surname is recorded as Neilson in Nominal Rolls, as Neilsen in Archives New Zealand and on CWGC
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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