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Naden, Nigel Christopher


Born Dunedin New Zealand to Rose Caroline and Christopher Joseph Naden but living in Sandy Bay Tasmania, a law clerk, he embarked Sydney 14th June 1917 on board “HMAT Hororata” with the 40th Infantry Battalion.

He was killed in action in France 9th May 1918 and is commemorated in the Mericourt-L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Mrs. Rose Caroline Naden of 57 King-street Sandy Bay has received official intelligence that her only son, Corpporal Nigel Chnstopher Naden was killed in action on May 9 somewhere in France. Corporal Naden for over 12   years occupied the responsible position of clerk to Mr C Davenport Hoggins. He was an oarsman, being one of the members of a Southern eight oar crew, and a member of the Sandy Bay Club. Just before his being ordered to the firing line, in consequence of the great offensive, he achieved great success at the non-commissioned officers' school and was recommended to the rank of sergeant and a cadetship, which in all possibility meant Oxford for five or six months and a commission. In the last letter received by his mother, dated just three weeks before his death, he says -"Every available man is to be rushed across, and I hope Mr. Lloyd George's appeal for more men will have good effect in the colonies, with the result that our ranks will be brought up to full strength, The age limit is being brought up to 50 in England so that you will see the need for more men. I have not had a bad deal in the Army since I enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces, so I am glad at last to be going over to the front to do 'my bit' for God, King, and country. I hope to come out all right, and hope you will not worry over me too much I know you will, it is only natural. But always look upon the bright and hopeful side, which is the right side."

The Mercury 10th June 1918
















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