(Service number 55621)

First Rank Corporal Last Rank Rifleman


Date 23 October 1879 Place of Birth Northampton United Kingdom

Enlistment Information

Date 26 April 1917 Age 38
Address at Enlistment Fairlie, New Zealand
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience Served in Boer War SA 1901-1904
Marital Status Married (2 Oct 1910)
Next of Kin Wife, Sarah Daisy Pinkerton nee Dabinett
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information No issues

Military Service

Served with NZ Rifle Brigade Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation NZ Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcements G Company
Date 15 August 1917
Transport HMNZT 92 Ruahine
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Glasgow
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Campaigns Boer War
Service Medals Victory Medal, British War 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 27 March 1918 Age 38
Place of Death France
Cause Killed in action by sniper
Notices Death notice Timaru Herald 10 July 1918. Full description provided from a letter received detailing how Robert died.Letter found in will
Memorial or Cemetery Mailly Wood Cemetery, Mailly-Maillet
Memorial Reference Special Memorial at north end of Row Q, Plot 11
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru, Fairlie War memorial

Biographical Notes

Son of Robert John Pinkerton and Mary Pinkerton nee Gray. Unable to find Pinkerton family in 1881 English census to confirm this.. Robert emigrated to NZ on the "Kaikoura" arriving at Wellington 31 Dec 1890. He joined his brother, George Pinkerton who had emigrated to NZ on the "Arawa" arrived Wellington 16th Dec 1889. George was a well knownstock agent in Fairlie. On Robert's notes there is a letter received from a Boris Pinkerton dated 1947. Boris was in a displaced persons camp in Germany and was trying to find Robert and George but was not given any address.He claimed that his father (John) was their brother. Boris later emigrated to Australia with his wife Julia on the "Anna Salen" from Bremerhaven June 1950 and ended up living in Sydney. Robert married Sarah Daisy Dabinett 3 Jun 1910. One son is recorded as Kenneth born 1913 ( birth recorded inBDM as James Kenneth 1924). After Robert's death Daisy never remarried and died in Dunedin in 1969 and is buried at Andersons Bay cemetery. Descendants of George Pinkerton are the Menzies family and information to date has been obtained for their family tree. Further contact to Liz Shea


Auckland Cenotaph, CWGC, Historical BMD, PapersPast, NZ Archives War record

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