MITCHELL, Alexander Roberts
(Service number 78583)

Aliases Enlisted as Alexander Robert MITCHELL. Born Alexander Mitchel ROBERTS. Died & probate as Alexander Roberts MITCHELL
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 2 September 1883 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Dee Street, Timaru
Occupation Gardener
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin W. J. MITCHELL (brother), Craigie Street, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Date 10 July 1918
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 3 September 1941 Age 58 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 29, Plot 183
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Alexander Roberts Mitchell was born on 2 September 1884 at Timaru, the second son of William John Mitchell and Annie née Roberts. While William John Mitchell was from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Annie Roberts was from Liberton, Scotland. Alexander was actually born Alexander Mitchell Roberts, to Annie. He was a gardener residing at Dee Street, Timaru, when he enlisted, as Alexander Robert Mitchell. His next-of-kin was his older bother – W. J. Mitchell (born William John Roberts), Cragie Street, Timaru. Private A. R. Mitchell embarked with the 40th Reinforcements for Plymouth, England, on 10 July 1918 by the “Tahitia”.

A. R. Mitchell, of Timaru, was one of more than 800 men who returned to New Zealand by the “Port Hacking” in August 1919. Alexander Roberts Mitchell died on 3 September 1941 at Timaru and was interred at Timaru Cemetery with his parents. His mother had died in 1907 and his father in 1928. Their third son, John Henry Mitchell, died in 1911 at Timaru Hospital, of Dee Street, after a very short illness, just 25 years old. Two brothers, Thomas (Tom) Mitchell and Albert Mitchell, also saw service with the New Zealand Forces.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [21 May 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [21 May 2021]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [22 May 2021]; Timaru Herald, 19 January 1911, 11 August 1919 (Papers Past) [06 September 2014; 22 May 2021]

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