ESLER, Robert John
(Service number 43961)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 6 November 1892 Place of Birth Pleasant Point

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs M.J. Esler (mother), Sutherland's
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF)
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 25th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 26 April 1917
Transport Turakina
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 11 October 1961 Age
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials Sutherlands War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Great nephew Lloyd Esler recounts:

"Robert John Esler was born at Pleasant Point on 6 November 1892, the second son of James and Margaret Esler, and attended Pleasant Point and Sutherlands Schools. After leaving school he worked on farms around Sutherlands and Bluecliffs. He served in the army in France and took the opportunity to visit his relatives in Ireland. In 1920 Rob married Amelia (Millie) Tate. His farm at Sutherlands was on what became known as Esler’s Road. Even after his retirement to Timaru he was closely in touch with farming and the affairs of the district. He was a strong committee man with well thought out views which he expressed forthrightly. His talents were appreciated on the Pleasant Point School Committee and the Levels County Council of which he was vice chairman for a time. For his services to the Returned Servicemen’s Association he was awarded the Gold Star. Strict teetotalism brought him many jibes from his RSA mates but he earned their respect as an upright citizen. Serious when the occasion demanded it, Rob had an Esler sense of humour and enjoyment of a good story. He died in Timaru on 11 October 1961."


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database (10 January 2015); SCRoll web submission from P MacKenzie, 20 January 2015; SCRoll web submission from L Esler, 4 September 2017

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