DOBIER, Arthur Richard
(Service number 6/3682)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||7 October 1891||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||18 October 1915||Age||24|
|Address at Enlistment||Russel Square, Timaru, NZ|
|Previous Military Experience||Compulsory Military Training, Timaru|
|Next of Kin||Mrs F. Dobier (Mother) , Russell Square, Timaru New Zealand|
|Medical Information||Previousaly rejected For Naval / Military service for the crown. Bad Teeth. Declared fit for service for WWI|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||9th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company|
|Date||1 August 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion|
|Campaigns||Western European (Somme, France)|
|Service Medals||British War Medal , Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
16 May 1916 - Admitted to No 1 field hospital. Influenza
|Date||16 September 1916||Age||25|
|Place of Death||Somme, France|
|Cause||Killed In action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Timaru South School WW1 Memorial plaque|
Arthur Richard Dobier was born on 10 July 1891 in Timaru. He was the son of Fanny Dobier of 17 Russell Square Timaru NZ and the late Thomas Dobier.
Arthur DOBIER attended Timaru South School and is mentioned in Papers Past (Timaru Herald), for achieving his standard four certificate. Arthur had two known brothers Ernest and Jack and a sister Doris. Arthur and his brother Ernest were living in Christchurch at the start of World War One in 1914 (according to NZ Electoral Rolls). Arthur was living at 249 Gloucester Street Christchurch and was working for Thomas Armstrong’s Department Store and Drapers.
Arthur enlisted into service on 18 October 1915 and left from Wellington to Suez Egypt on 8 February 1916. After a reformation of troops Arthur then joined the Canterbury Infantry Regiment (CIR), 2nd Battalion and sailed to Marseilles, France in April 1916. Arthur trained for the front lines, and spent three months guarding a quieter sector of the frontline at Armentières. The NZEF maintained an infantry presence in Étaples where troops were housed on their way to the Front.
Arthur was admitted to the NZ field hospital on 16 May 1916 for influenza, but rejoined his unit after a few weeks recouperation on 3 June 1916 in Rouen France. Arthur and his unit was subsequently involved in attacking the enemy on the 15 September 1916 during the battle of the Somme, around Longueval. The NZ Division needed to capture the village of Flers-Courcelette from the Germans. The NZ Division achieved their objective but with the heavy cost of the loss of 2000 men. One of those men was Arthur Richard Dobier who, during this period, was killed in action in the field on 16 September 1916.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [4/09/2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. 42351508 4601 5783 431) [4/8/2013];
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