(Service number 11936)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||23 July 1880||Place of Birth||London|
|Date||15 December 1915||Age||38 yrs 4 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Royal Hotel, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||James EMSLIE (attorney), Solicitor, Timaru. Mrs A. I. PERRY (wife), "Maureen", Crutchfield (Churchfield) Avenue, Walton-on-Thames|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 4 inches. Weight 150 lbs. Chest measurement 34-36 inches. Complexion fresh. Eyes hazel. Hair brown. Eyes both D=9. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movemnet of joints. Heart and lungs normal. 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||12th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company|
|Date||1 May 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|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|
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|Date||14 April 1920||Reason|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
18 August 1916 evacuated from camp, 'Sick", to Hospital. 19 August 1916 taken on stretcher from Bulford Military Hospital and admitted to New Zealand General Hospital at Walton-on-Thames. 15 August 1917 reported wounded. 10 August 1917 admitted to 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, gun shot wounds to hand, face and ankle. 11 August 1917 admitted to 1st South African General Hospital. 11/13 August 1917 admitted to hospital, with gunshot wounds to face and left hand. 21 August 1917 admitted to New Zealand General Hospital at Brockenhurst, with severe gun shot wounds to face and left hand.
|Date||1 October 1937||Age||57 yrs|
|Place of Death||Walton-on-Thames|
|Memorial or Cemetery||St Mary's, Walton-on-Thames|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Robert PERRY was born on 23 July 1880 in London, a son of Eli and Elizabeth Annie (nee BAILEY) PERRY.He was baptized at St Pancras on 3 October 1880. In 1881 and 1891 Robert was at home in Camden Town in St Pancras, London, where his father was a licensed victualler. He enlisted in the New Zealand Forces in 1915 and went on to give well over four years of service, the majority overseas (3 years 121 days). At the time of enlistment, he was residing at the Royal Hotel in Timaru and working as a farm labourer at Cave. He left Timaru for Trentham on 15 December 1915 with the Infantry. His medals were received in 1923. Robert did incur some punishments while in camp - on 12 January 1916 at Trentham, for drunkenness; on 18 August 1916 at Featherston, for being absent from duty without leave. and in August 1917 at Codford he forfeited 3 days pay. He had a tough time in August 1916 with hospital admissions and again in August 1917 when he suffered severe gunshot woudns to his face, hand and ankle. But it seems that he did get to meet his wife while he was hospitalized. Robert married Annie Isabella NEAL nee ROSS (widow and school teacher), on 19 April 1919 at St Mary's Church, Walton-on-Thames. At the time of marrying Robert was a Private in the N.Z.E.F. and resident at the No 2 New Zealand General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames. Annie had a daughter, Ethel Annie NEAL, born of her first marriage on 25 October 1910, at Prestatyn, North Wales. Robert was subsequently discharged in 1920 abroad (in England). He died in early October 1937 at Walton-on-Thames and is buried in St Mary's Churchyard there.
Cenotaph Database [27 October 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5550 0092191) [26 August 2014]; Timaru Herald, 9 December 1915, 29 August 1917 (Papers Past) [16 October 2013; 16 August 2014]; Baptism Register 1880, Marriage Register 1919 London, Burial Register 1937 London, 1881 & 1891 census Camden Town (ancestry.com.au) [26 August 2014]
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