MOORE, John Roberts
(Service number 6/1342)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||23 August 1896||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment||Fraser Street, Temuka, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||D.M. Moore (father), Temuka Gasworks, Temuka, New Zealand|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||2nd Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||14 December 1914|
|Transport||Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Campaigns||Balkans (Gallipoli) 1915|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
15 April 1915 - Reported missing.
|Date||25 April 1915||Age|
|Place of Death||Gallipoli, Turkey|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Baby 700 Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey|
|Memorial Reference||D. 22.|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Temuka RSA Roll of Honour; Temuka War Memorial|
The Timaru Herald of 24 February 1917 recorded: In connection with the death in action of Lieutenant Monson of Timaru, Brigadier-General Braithwaite has written to the deceased’s father, from Sling Camp, the following letter: “If I may, I want to tell you how deeply grieved I was when your gallant son was killed in action. He was a special favourite of mine on account of his sterling qualities. He was the best trainer at bayonet fighting and physical training that we had in the brigade, and when there was any special work to be done in that time, I always sent for him. Nothing was too great a trouble to him. The pages of history do not contain a finer story than that of the fighting of the 2nd Canterbury Battalion, during those 23 consecutive days on the Somme, and their bayonet work was what enabled them to turn the Germans out four times and at length hold the position. This was to a great extent the result of your son’s work. I am well aware that no words of mine can be of any comfort to you or your family in your sorrow, but I trust that as time goes on, the memory of his glorious life and death as a soldier may be a proud memory to you. He is a very great loss to my brigade, and to his own battalion in particular.”
Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph Database, August 2013, CWGC.
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