Charles Mervyn ABEL

Regimental number12/1018
Date of birth15 September 1893
Place of birthAuckland
AddressAvondale, South Auckland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinFather, R S Abel, Avondale, South Auckland
Previous military serviceServed for 15 months in No 3 Native rifles; 6 months in A Battery; not serving in any military unit at time of NZEF enlistment.
Enlistment date15 August 1914
Place of enlistmentAuckland
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Final rankSergeant
Final unit3rd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

'For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period 16th September 1918, to 15th March 1919.'
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', 11 July 1919.

FateCommenced return to New Zealand 4 April 1919
Discharge date17 June 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 22519 2nd Lt Arthur Howard ABEL, 2nd Bn, Auckland Infantry Regiment, killed in action, 1 September 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to New Zealand from London on board HT ''Carpentaria', 2 April 1919; discharged (termination of period of engagement), 17 June 1919.

War service: 4 years 307 days (of which 4 years 217 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1
SourcesArchives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 18805, File 22280560

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