CUFF, Robert William
(Service number 54121)

Aliases Bob
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 12 February 1897 Place of Birth Geraldine, Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date 4 March 1917 Age 20 yrs
Address at Enlistment John St, Balclutha
Occupation Plumber
Previous Military Experience 14th S. O. Reg. (Territorial)
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Annie CUFF (mother), John Street, Balclutha; later of Spencer Street, Milton, and C/o Post Office, Milton.
Religion Anglican
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 140 lbs. Chest measurement 31-35 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair dark brown. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Teeth require attention. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Deemed Fit.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 28th Reinforcements F Company
Date 14 July 1917
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

4 December 1917, in France, admitted to hospital.

Post-war Occupations


Date 5 April 1918 Age 21 yrs
Place of Death France
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert William CUFF was born in 1897 at Geraldine, the second son of Clarence John and Annie (nee FRASER) CUFF, of Spencer St., Milton. Robert had resided with his family for a good many years in the Milton District and was well known in the locality. He was educated at the Milton D. H. School. After finishing school he was apprenticed to the plumbing trade, and had completed his apprenticeship before enlisting. Bob was a keen footballer who excelled at the sport. He was a member of the Loyal Dalton Lodge, which mourned his loss and moved that a letter of condolence be sent to his mother. He enlisted on his 20th birthday. His brother John Clarence CUFF (Jack) also served in WWI. A Balclutha soldier writing home on 11 March 1918 from "somewhere in France", mentioned that he had met a good many old Clutha-ites; in one group who had just come out of the front line trenches and were indeed 'a grimy-looking crew', was young Bob Cuff.


Cenotaph Database [25 September 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0030687) [02 November 2013]; CWGC 28 mARCH 2014]; Clutha Leader, 23 April 1918 [x 2], 26 April 1918, 21 May 1918, Otago Daily Times, 20 April 1918, Evening Post, 19 April 2014 (Papers Past) [10 June 2014]

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