OBORN, Herbert Walter
(Service number 82091)

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Date 10 May 1898 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Teamster
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs E. OBORN (mother), Pleasant Point
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 43rd Reinforcements, A Company
Date 2 October 1918
Transport Matatua
Embarked From Destination London, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 30 April 1974 Age 76 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated North Shore
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Herbert Walter Oborn, born in Timaru on 10 May 1898, was the eldest son of Walter Benjamin (a bootmaker) and Elizabeth (née Buchanan) Oborn. He attended Timaru South School until the family moved to Pleasant Point when Herbert was about 10 to 12 years of age.

Before and after the war, Herbert worked as a treamster, managing a team of horse undertaking heaby work including ploughing and logging, around the Pleasant point region until 1938. After that Herbert worked for NZ Railways for the remainder of his working life. Herbert married Violet Eva (known as Eva) Cryer on 7 May 1938. The couple had a son, Graham.

Herbert died at Milford, North Shore, Auckland on 30 April 1974.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 March 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [23 March 2017]; North Shore cremation record (Auckland City Council) [26 March 2017]; SCRoll web submission by J Fisher, 5-9 November 2018

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