PINK, Hubert Fair
(Service number 6/1066)

Aliases Bert
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 4 July 1889 Place of Birth Milton, Bruce County, Otago

Enlistment Information

Date 11 August 1914 Age 24 yrs 1 mth
Address at Enlistment Dominion Hotel, Timaru
Occupation Hotel porter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Henry John PINK (father), 16 Catherine Street, Caversham, Dunedin
Religion Anglican
Medical Information Height 5 ft 6 in. Weight 136 lbs. Chest 33-35 in. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Eye sight, colour vision heart, lungs normal. Hearing good. Limbs, chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Teeth - false set of upper teeth, well fitting. Free from heernia, variocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No physical defects.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 18 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Lyttelton, Canterbury Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Egypt; Gallipoli
Service Medals 1914-15 Star; 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

Post-war Occupations


Date 25 April 1915 Age 25 yrs
Place of Death Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey
Memorial Reference Panel 75
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Lovells Flat Memorial, Otago.

Biographical Notes

Second son of Henry John & Catherine (nee KAVANAGH) PINK, of Caversham, Dunedin. Brothers Charles Clarence PINK & Harry Bartholomew PINK also served in WWI, Harry dying in 1922 from wounds inflicted. Attended Manuka Creek & Waitahuna Schools & Lawrence District High School. After leaving school he was in the Traffic Department of the Railways, but not wanting a transfer to Auckland he took employment in Timaru. Employed at the Dominion Hotel, Timaru. Hubert was one of many keen and determined applicants at the Drill Shed on 11 August 1914. He was not one of those rejected, mostly for defects to the teeth and one or two on account of height; he passed the medical exanimation and was sworn in. The successful applicants were liable to be called up at any moment, and it was quite probable that they would leave Timaru in a matter of days for the central camp at Christchurch as part of the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment's quota. . Good athlete & footballer.


Cenotaph Database [19 November 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5550 0093152) [20 November 2013]; CWGC [19 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 12 August 1914, 24 May 1915, Press, 14 August 1914, 26 May 1915, Oamaru Mail, 27 May 1915, Otago Daily Times, 25 April 1919 (Papers Past) [18 November 2013, 19 November 2013, 22 November 2013, 02 December 2013]; Lovells Flat War Memorial image ( [02 December 2013].

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