Mr Mathews

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Copy of a photograph of a man in military uniform. Thought to be Private Peter Joseph Mathews (serial no. 16484). Mathews was born on 21 April 1896 in Nelson, New Zealand. On the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database his next of kin is listed as G. Mathews (father), Haven Road, Nelson, New Zealand. Mathews worked as a labourer for Kirkpatrick & Co in Nelson before he enlisted for service during World War One. he embarked with the 15th Reinforcements Specialist Machine-Gun Section on 26 July 1916 from Wellington, New Zealand for Devonport, England. He served for just over a year in Western Europe. The last unit he served in was the Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion. Mathews died of wounds on 5 October 1917 in Belgium. He was twenty-one years old. Mathews is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
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World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918
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Mr Mathews. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 97366

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Brother of Lance Sergeant John P. Mathews : NZEF Service # 3646; Wellington Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, NZEF - who was killed in action - on 4 October 1917 - at Passchendaele, Belgium - one day before his younger brother Peter died of wounds - on 5 October 1917 - at the No 3 (Canadian) Casualty Clearing Station, also at Passchendaele, Belgium. Both Private Peter and Lance Sergeant John Mathews are remembered on the ANZAC Park War Memorial (1914-1918) - at Nelson City. For the full military records of Private Peter & Lance Sergeant John Mathews refer to New Zealand Online Cenotaph : Also refer to Nelson Museum photographs : 89808 & 89809.

- Jenifer

Posted on 09-02-2017 08:19:08