CUFF, Robert William
(Service number 54121)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||12 February 1897||Place of Birth||Geraldine, Canterbury|
|Date||4 March 1917||Age||20 yrs|
|Address at Enlistment||John St, Balclutha|
|Previous Military Experience||14th S. O. Reg. (Territorial)|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Annie CUFF (mother), John Street, Balclutha; later of Spencer Street, Milton, and C/o Post Office, Milton.|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 140 lbs. Chest measurement 31-35 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair dark brown. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Teeth require attention. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Deemed Fit.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||28th Reinforcements F Company|
|Date||14 July 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Plymouth, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
4 December 1917, in France, admitted to hospital.
|Date||5 April 1918||Age||21 yrs|
|Place of Death||France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Robert William CUFF was born in 1897 at Geraldine, the second son of Clarence John and Annie (nee FRASER) CUFF, of Spencer St., Milton. Robert had resided with his family for a good many years in the Milton District and was well known in the locality. He was educated at the Milton D. H. School. After finishing school he was apprenticed to the plumbing trade, and had completed his apprenticeship before enlisting. Bob was a keen footballer who excelled at the sport. He was a member of the Loyal Dalton Lodge, which mourned his loss and moved that a letter of condolence be sent to his mother. He enlisted on his 20th birthday. His brother John Clarence CUFF (Jack) also served in WWI. A Balclutha soldier writing home on 11 March 1918 from "somewhere in France", mentioned that he had met a good many old Clutha-ites; in one group who had just come out of the front line trenches and were indeed 'a grimy-looking crew', was young Bob Cuff.
Cenotaph Database [25 September 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0030687) [02 November 2013]; CWGC 28 mARCH 2014]; Clutha Leader, 23 April 1918 [x 2], 26 April 1918, 21 May 1918, Otago Daily Times, 20 April 1918, Evening Post, 19 April 2014 (Papers Past) [10 June 2014]
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