ROBERTSON, Bob Sherburd
(Service number 68582)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||20 October 1897||Place of Birth||Henley, Otago|
|Address at Enlistment||Box 98, Fairlie|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||W. A. ROBERTSON (father), Rangi-ura, Fairlie|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||33rd Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company|
|Date||31 December 1917|
|Other Units Served With|
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|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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|Where Captured and by Whom|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||9 November 1995||Age||98 years|
|Place of Death||Tauranga|
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|New Zealand Memorials|
Bob Sherburd Robertson was the first-born of William Alexander and Sarah Jane (née Sherburd) Robertson. He started his schooling at Momona School near Dunedin, spent three months at Kakanui School in 1909, before transferring to Fairlie, from where he went to Timaru Boys’ High School.
Having enlisted on 10 October 1917, ten days before his twentieth birthday, Private B. S. Robertson embarked with the 33rd Reinforcements on 31 December 1917. The hospital report issued in December 1918, listed B. S. Robertson of Fairlie, but his was not a severe case. Bob returned to New Zealand per the hospital ship “Marama”, embarking at Southampton on 19 December 1918. He married Edith Gertrude Dines, of Fairlie, in 1922. Bob Sherburd Robertson served in the Home Guard in the Mackenzie District in World War II. He died on 9 November 1995, at the grand age of 98. Two brothers lost their lives in World War II – the youngest, Evan Bertram Te Makahi Roberston, in 1941 in Belgium, and Alan Charles Tuarea Robertson in 1944, lost at sea en route to New Zealand.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [01 September 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [01 September 2020]; School Admission records (Dunedin, Oamaru & South Canterbury branches NZSG) [01 September 2020]; Star, 12 December 1918, Dominion, 12 December 1918, Temuka Leader, 14 December 1918, Otago Daily Times, 21 January 1919 (Papers Past) [20 December 2015; 22 August 2020; 01 September 2020]
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