ROBINSON, George Lyndon
(Service number 74433)

Aliases George ROBINSON on Personnel File
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 4 July 1899 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 1 November 1917 Age 20 yrs 1 mth
Address at Enlistment Talbot Street, Geraldine
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience 2nd S. C. Regt.
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs E. ROBINSON (mother), Studholme Junction, Canterbury. Later of Maungati, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 130 lbs. Complexion fresh. Eyes blue. Hair black. Both eyes 6/6. Hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of limbs. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Passed Class A.

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 38th Reinforcements C Company
Date 5 June 1918
Transport Remuera
Embarked From Wellington Destination Liverpool
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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 17 September 1919 Reason Termination of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

11 November 1918 admitted to hospital with influenza. Several hospital transfers in November 1918.

Post-war Occupations



Date 11 August 1926 Age 27 yrs
Place of Death Timaru Public Hospital, Timaru; residing near Waimate
Notices Timaru Herald, 12 August 1926
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 40, Plot 349
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

George Lyndon ROBINSON was the son of Charles & Esther ROBINSON and a brother of Arthur Gordon ROBINSON who died in 1917 in WWI. He was educated at Temuka and Geraldine schools. On his Personnel File, George gives a birthdate of 11 November 1897 and age of 20 years, whereas he would have been only 18. Did he do this to be eligible to enlist? On discharge he was intending to reside at Maungati, Timaru. George was one of more than 800 men who arrived back in New Zealand on 17 September 1919 per the Port Hacking. On 3 June 1918 while at Trentham, George forfeited 4 days pay for being absent without leave. George Lyndon ROBINSON, groom and gardener, at Geraldine, was called up for Military Service in the 21st Ballot (Gazette No. 135731), appearing to be the same man as George ROBINSON who had attested voluntarily at Ashburton on 1 December 1917 (born on 1 November 1897 in New Zealand; resident in Geraldine; groom & gardener at Peel Forest). Geoge did not return his greatcoat on discharge. He did receive an Overseas War-Service Gratuity of 41 pounds 2 shillings, after serving abroad for 1 year and 77 days. Why does his death appear as 11 August 1919 on his Serviceman's headstone in the Timaru Cemetery? Because that is the date given in the official notification of his death (probably in error as immediately below discharge date of 1919); the notification was received on 16 August 1926; the extra Christian name of "Lyndon" and the correct date of death were advised by the Timaru Registrar at the time.


Cenotaph Database [03 February 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5550 0098938 [03 April 2014]; TDC headstone image (Timaru Cemetery) [03 February 2014]; NZ BDM historical records (DIA) [2014]; TDC headstone image & burial record (Timaru Cemetery) [03 February 2014]; School Admission Record - Temuka School (South Canterbury Branch NZSG)[February 2014]; Timaru Herald, 11 August 1919 (Papers Past) [06 September 2014]

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