TANGNEY, Robert Edward
(Service number 34748)

Aliases Ted
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 29 May 1889 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 1 August 1917 Age 27
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Butcher
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin J. Tangney (brother), Morven, Canterbury, New Zealand
Religion Roman Catholic
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 20th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 7 December 1916
Transport Port Lyttelton
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns France
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 26 May 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Hospitalised May-July 1917, sick; Hospitalised March-June 1918 wounded. Sent home on the Arawa on 1 April 1919

Post-war Occupations


Date 1 October 1962 Age 73
Place of Death Waimate
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Cemetery
Memorial Reference Plot 373
New Zealand Memorials St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list (June 2015)

Biographical Notes

Son of Jeremiah and Margaret (Maggie) Tangney (m.1883). Robert's other brothers who enlisted were: Walter Bernard (aka Walter George), Francis Patrick, Patrick William, and William Patrick. Two step brothers, Tom and John Tagney, also enlisted but were reported as killed in action. Their parents are buried in Temuka Cemetery along with Jeremiah's first wife, Ellen, three daughters Cissie (Catherine), Gertrude and Lucy Anastasia, plus a son, Jeremiah. Other brothers who did not serve were: Joseph, Michael James, and two Jeremiah's. Note though that on 24 March 1887 the Timaru Herald reported Jeremiah (snr) was fined for not registering births of his children, so not all his children's names are recorded.

Robert married Julia Margaret McGrath in 1920 (d.1934, aged 40).


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database (May 2015); Archives New Zealand; New Zealand BDM Historical Records online; Timaru District Council Cemetery Database online at; Waimate Cemetery records; Commonwealth War Graves Commission website; Paperspast - Timaru Herald 21 May 1918

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Researched and Written by

Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum); Liz Shea, SC branch NZSG

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