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ROBINSON, Stanley
(Service number 6/535)

Aliases Stanley Redford ROBINSON
First Rank Private Last Rank Private

Birth

Date 28 February 1892 Place of Birth Christchurch, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 12 Auugust 1914 Age 23 yrs 6 mths
Address at Enlistment Care of Mrs Gould, Bank Street, Timaru
Occupation Salesman (Fullers Pictures, Timaru)
Previous Military Experience J' Compamy C . . . .
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin George ROBINSON, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath, Wellington. Later Mrs Mary ROBINSON (mother), Wellington
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 9 stone 4 lbs (130 lbs). Chest measurement 30-33 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes brown. Hair brown. Sight and hearing both good. Colour vision normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily and mental health. No slight 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 16 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 Gallipoli
Service Medals 1914-1915 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

Discharge

Date n/a Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Death

Date 8 May 1915 Age 23 yrs
Place of Death Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Killed in action
Notices
Memorial or Cemetery Twelve Tree Copse (New Zealand) Memorial, Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Helles, Turkey
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; St Mary's Anglican Church Timaru Memorial

Biographical Notes

Stanley ROBINSON was the son of George and Mary (nee COX) ROBINSON, of 12 Argyle Avenue, Miramar, Wellington. Stanley was one of the first to volunteer, enlisting in Timaru on 12 August 1914, disembarking at Alexandria on 15 October 1914 and commencing duty in Egypt on 4 December 1914. Just five months later he was killed in action at the Dardanelles. Perhaps the only diversion in between was 5 days Confined to Barracks for being absent from 11 a.m. parade without leave on 26 December 1914. At the time of enlistment, he was residing in Timaru, working as a salesman for Fullers Pictures, and he was a door attendant at the Theatre Royal, Timaru, for 2 years. He intended to return to Timaru on discharge, which sadly never happened. He had attended Sydenham School, Christchurch. His brother Arthur Gordon ROBINSON (26/207) also served in WWI and was killed in action in 1916 at the Somme. (Not the Arthur Gordon ROBINSON recorded in this database.) Just 13 days before being killed at the Dardanelles Stanley signed the briefest of wills - "In the event of my death I give all my belongings to next-of-kin." Did he have a foreboding? His mother applied for the War Service Gratuity. She was advised that, under the terms of Stanley's will, it would be paid to his father. His medals, plaque and scroll were all sent to his mother.

Sources

Cenotaph Database [11 December 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5550 0099084 [26 August 2014]; CWGC [11 December 2013]; Timaru Herald, 14 June 1915, Press, 14 June 1915, 30 September 1916, Otago Daily Times, 14 June 1915 (Papers Past) [19 November 2013, 11 & 16 December 2013]; "The Wendelborns from Lubeck Germany in NZ" Information about Mary Cox (familytreemaker.genealogy.com) 11 December 2013]; NZ BDM birth indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [December 2013]; School Admission Record transcription (Canterbury Branch NZSG) [December 2013]

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