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|
|Date||1 November 1917||Age||20 yrs 1 mth|
|Address at Enlistment||Talbot Street, Geraldine|
|Previous Military Experience||2nd S. C. Regt.|
|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.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||38th Reinforcements C Company|
|Date||5 June 1918|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|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.
|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|
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) ; 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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