- Birth*: Catherine Murray Adamson was born circa 1897 at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland.1
- She was the daughter of Murray Adamson and Sarah Johnston.1
- (Witness) Marriage: Catherine Murray Adamson witnessed the marriage of Annie Mary Cowper and Peter Murray Adamson on Thursday, 26 June 1913 at 11 Albany Terrace, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1913 marriages in the district of St Mary in the Burgh of Dundee, ref 171; 1913 on the Twenty-Sixth day of June at 11 Albany Terrace Dundee, signed Peter M Adamson patternmaker journeyman bachelor aged 41 residing at 81 Albert Street Dundee, parents David Henderson Adamson draugtsman (dec) and Catherine Adamson ms Murray; signed Annie M Cowper spinster aged 35 residing 5 Baxter Park Terrace Dundee, parents John Cowper shipping clerk and Margaret Cowper ms Miln (dec); signed H M Davidson ministe ST Andrews Parish, signed Alexander Robertson, Catherine Adamson, witnesses; registered 1913 June 27th at Dundee signed Thos Meek registrar.3
- Marriage*: Catherine Murray Adamson married Henry Christian Nagel circa 1924.2
- (Witness) Death: Catherine Murray Adamson witnessed the death of Murray Adamson Nagel on 11 July 1944 at Solomon Islands; lost during WW 2 flying over the Solomon Islands: CWGC gives
Rank: Pilot Officer, Service No: 4211613, Date of Death: 11/07/1944, Age: 20, Regiment/Service: Royal New Zealand Air Force, Awards: Mentioned in Despatches, Panel Reference: Panel 5, Memorial: BOURAIL MEMORIAL, Additional Information: Son of Henry Christian Nagel and of Catherine Murray Nagel (nee Adamson), of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand.
Bourail Memorial: Country: New Caledonia, Identified Casualties: 449, Location Information: Bourail is on the western coast of the island of New Caledonia, which lies approximately 1600 kilometres north of New Zealand.
The Bourail Memorial is situated in Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, which lies about 9 kilometres south-east of Bourail, on the main road north and east of the Nera River, which flows into Bourail Bay.
The entrance to the cemetery is on the south-western side and leads, through a terrace adjoing the Records building, to the wide central avenue which curves between two double rows of graves to the Cross of Sacrifice erected on a raised circular platform at the northern end. The Memorial stands behind the Cross of Sacrifice and commemorates members of the New Zealand Land and Air Forces and Merchant Navy, and members of the Western Pacific Local Forces who died during operations in the South Pacific area, and who have no known grave.
The men of the Fiji Military Forces who died in this campaign and whose graves could not be located or maintained, are commemorated on the Suva Memorial at Fiji.
The Memorial consists of a curved screen wall with pierced wing walls of brick. The names are recorded on 12 bronze panels affixed to the main wall; the first nine bear the names of New Zealanders, and the remaining three those of men of the Western Pacific Local Forces.
Above the panels is the following inscription:
1939 - 1945 THESE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE NEW ZEALAND ARMY, THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE AND THE WESTERN PACIFIC LOCAL FORCES SERVED AND DIED IN THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC ON LAND AT SEA AND IN THE AIR AND HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.
The island of New Caledonia was annexed by France in 1854. In 1942 the Allies used the island as a training ground for jungle and island warfare, and it was here that New Zealand forces prepared for the Solomon Islands campaign. The Headquarters of the South Pacific Command was established at Noumea, the capital, which became the principal United States base for the campaign and the largest forward Allied military and supply base in the South Pacific. No.4 General Hospital was set up in Dumbea Valley, nearly 25 kilometres from Noumea.
Bourail, on the west coast of the island, was the Headquarters of the 3rd New Zealand Division, which began to arrive in New Caledonia towards the end of 1942. Brigade Headquarters and staging camps were disposed along the main arterial road on the western side of the island, where the principal defences were concentrated and where airfields were built to link the island with the battle zone and the bases in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and other places in the Pacific.4,5
- [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) 1901 England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription [April 2015].
- [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1925 Transcription [April 2015].
- [S64] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Marriage 1913 Dundee St Mary ref 282/02 0171 image held [May 2015].
- [S31] Website Commonwealth War Graves Commission (http://www.cwgc.org/) http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2187387/NAGEL,%20MURRAY%20ADAMSON [April 2015].
- [S40] CN [April 2015].
- [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Census 1911 Dundee Combination Fourth 282/04 028/00 005 image held [April 2015].
Mother*: Sarah Johnston1 b. s 1868, d. 24 Mar 1920