Just two decades after the ‘war to end all wars’, another global conflict plunged New Zealand into a long and grave period of fighting.  Of the country’s population at the time of about 1,600,000 some 140,000 New Zealand men and women served — about 75% in the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force (army), and the most of the remainder in New Zealand or British Zealand naval or air forces.  Nearly 12,000 were killed.

This article is the first in a series to remember those of the clan (Matheson, Mathieson or a variant spelling) who served in the Second World War.  It lists those who lost their lives during the conflict while serving in New Zealand forces, and links to articles that profile each of them.

I am grateful to everyone who has assisted by sharing stories, photos and other material.  Any further information about the people featured in this article would be appreciated.

New Zealand’s online cenotaph is operated by the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and I would encourage anyone with a relative who has served in New Zealand’s armed forces to add material to it.  You can find out how to contribute here.

Andrew Matheson
Webmaster
25 April 2017

 

Name and number Date and place of death and age Rank, service and unit Burial or memorial
Archibald Allisdair Matheson
412714
11 July 1944

North Sea, Europe

29

Flying Officer

RNZAF

692 Squadron, RAF

Runnymede memorial to Allied airmen, UK.

Carterton war memorial.

 

Charles Irvine Matheson
550275
20 December 1944

Italy

30

Private

New Zealand Infantry

26 Battalion

Forli war cemetery, Italy.

Wanaka war memorial.

 

Farquhar Duncan Matheson
392057
26 July 1943

Netherlands

26

Flying Officer

RNZAF

77 Squadron, RAF

Bergen-op-Zoom war cemetery, Netherlands.

St Mary’s Peace Memorial Hall, New Plymouth.

Ongarue war memorial, Taranaki.

 

John Matheson
6263
20 May 1941

Crete

35

Warrant Officer Class II

New Zealand Infantry

 

Athens memorial,

Greece.

John Archibald George Matheson
17415
9 February 1945

Germany (while prisoner of war)

29

Private,

New Zealand Infantry

26th Battalion

 

Alamein memorial, Egypt.

Invercargill cenotaph.

parents’ grave, Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill

 

Kenneth Duncan Matheson
425122
31 March 1944

Germany

34

Pilot Officer

RNZAF

7 Squadron, RAF

Durnbach war cemetery, Germany.

Lower Hutt war memorial

 

Myles Gibbons Matheson
9797
27 November 1941

Western Desert, North Africa

35

Private

New Zealand Infantry

20th Battalion

Knightsbridge war cemetery, Acroma, Libya.

Otautau war memorial, Southland.

 

Roderick McLeod Matheson
9659
2 June 1941

Egypt

36

Private

New Zealand Ordnance Corps, attached to 27th New Zealand Machine Gun Battalion

 

Cairo war memorial cemetery.

Bannockburn war memorial, Otago.

 

Alexander Reginald Mathieson
15551
27 November 1941

Western Desert, North Africa

22

Private,

New Zealand Infantry

26th Battalion

 

Knightsbridge war cemetery, Acroma, Libya
Ian Edgecombe Mathieson
413447
25 November 1943

RAF Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland

23

 

Flight Sergeant

RNZAF

130 Squadron, RAF

St Illogan churchyard, Cornwall, England.

Waipukurau war memorial.

 

John Mathieson
802792
29 June 1947

56

Corporal

New Zealand Military Forces

 

Onerahi public cemetery, Whangarei

 

Rex Tawheta Mathieson
4213267
1 July 1944

Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

20

 

Flight Sergeant

RNZAF

31 Squadron, RNZAF

Bomana war cemetery, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

New Plymouth Boys’ High School memorial.