DOBBY, Percy William
(Service number 27244)

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Date 22 February 1886 Place of Birth Yorkshire, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Otaio
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin John William DOBBY (father), 521 Hill's Road, Marshlands, Christchurch
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

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 17th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 25 September 1916
Transport Devon
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date 17 September 1965 Age 79 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Percy William Dobby was the son of John William Dobby and Ann née Jackson. It appears that the family came to New Zealand when Percy was young. He started school at Papanui School, Christchurch, in 1891 and left in 1901. At noon on 31 May 1916, South Canterbury’s quota of the 17th Reinforcements was entertained at dinner in Stafford Tea Rooms by the lady members of the South Canterbury War Relief Society. The soldiers assembled at the Drill Hall at 3.30 pm to be farewelled by the Mayor before leaving on the north-going express. In this quota was P. W. Dobby. .


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [12 September 2019]; School Admission records [12 September 2019]; Timaru Herald, 31 May 1916 (Papers Past) [17 October 2015]

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