DOBSON, Wesley
(Service number 29157)

Aliases Dobbie
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 16 January 1893 Place of Birth Tynehead, Alston, Cumberland, England

Enlistment Information

Date 28 June 1916 Age 23 years 5 months
Address at Enlistment M. E. Dobson, Motukaike
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Alfred Edwin DOBSON (father), Cave, Timaru
Religion Methodist
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 140 lbs. Chest 33-36 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair light brown.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 18th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 11 October 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European (Messines, Passchendaele)
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
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 22 June 1919 Reason On the termination of the period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 31 October 1984 Age 91 years
Place of Death Ashburton
Notices Timaru Herald, 2 November 1984
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area 305, Plot 9 RSA
New Zealand Memorials Cave War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Wesley Dobson was the eldest of the four sons of Alfred Edwin and Margaret Ann (née Millican) Dobson. Born on 27 August 1894 at Alston, Cumberland, England, he was a school pupil living at home with his family at West Ashgill, Alston, in 1901, and at the next property, Hill House, in 1911. His father, a lead miner, had turned to farming by 1911, and Wesley was working on the farm.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [21 March 2017]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0034337) [21 March 2017], Ashburton Cemetery burial records (Ashburton District Council) [22 March 2017]; Timaru Herald, 2 November 1984 (Timaru District Library) [22 March 2017]

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