MATHESON, Neil McLeod 4/288

MATHESON, Neil McLeod 4-288 from Monica Kidd cropped (Custom)Known as Pat to his family, Neil McLeod Matheson was the son of George Stafford Matheson and Monica Heaton (and brother of Donald Murray (71909), George Stafford (23/821) and James Alexander Matheson (3/2266), all of whom served in WW1).

He marched into camp just a week after the outbreak of the First World War.  He sailed soon afterwards as part of the Samoan Expeditionary Force, sailing for home in December 1914.  Pat was discharged in January 1915 but was back in the army in October 1916.  He served on the Western Front from September 1917 with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade.  Three months later he died of wounds received in action in Belgium, and was buried in Lijssenthoek military cemetery near Poperinge.  He was single, but left behind a sweetheart in Dunedin.  She never married, and kept in touch with the Matheson family.

Sources:
Fac et spera — do and hope — the Mathesons of Fourpenny.  A manuscript by Monica Kidd, 1990.
Army personnel file, Archives New Zealand.
Family photo.