ROBINSON, James William
(Service number 38983)

Aliases William, Willie
First Rank Corporal Last Rank


Date 1 May 1882 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Cooper
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Samuel ROBINSON (father), 92 Evans Street, Timaru
Medical Information

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 22nd Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 16 February 1917
Transport Navua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Military Awards

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Wounded in left arm on 12 October 1917.

Post-war Occupations



Date 18 June 1922 Age 40 yrs
Place of Death Timaru Hospital
Cause Anaesthetic with toxic emphysema
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 31, Plot 519
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of Samuel & Catherine (nee MORAN) ROBINSON, of Timaru. Returned to New Zealand in June 1919. An inquest was held into his death. The operation was undertaken of necessity; he was already suffering from an extremely toxic condition. He was a single man & returned soldier, & had been ill for some weeks. Educated at Timaru Main School. [See Inquest - Timaru Herald, 20 June 1922. Printout attached]


Cenotaph Database [03 February 2014]; TDC headstone image - Timaru Cemetery [04 February 2014]; Timaru Herald, 29 October, 30 October 1917, 16 June 1919, 20 June 1922 (Papers Past) [04 February]; Timaru Herald, 20 June 1922 (Timaru District Library) [16 February 2014]

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