SHALLCRASS, Robert Errol
(Service number 57754)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 24 June 1897 Place of Birth Gore

Enlistment Information

Date 25 June 1917 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment Otipua Road, Timaru
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles - still serving
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mr C. E. SHALLCRASS (father), Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 138 lbs. Chest measurement 31½-34 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair fair. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. full and perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Not vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. acne spots on back. Class A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

30 January 1918 diagnosed with diphtheria caused by infection. Cardiac instability

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Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Area 55, Plot 66
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert Errol SHALLCRASS was born on 24 June 1897 at Gore, the second son of Charles Edward and Eliza Elsie (née NICHOL) SHALLCRASS. After his mother died in 1934, his father married Lucy Mary BOWIE who had served as a nurse in World War I. Robert enlisted the day after his 20th birthday.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [24 June 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives ref. AABK 18805 W5553 0103363) [29 June 2016]

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