ROBERTSON, George Reid
(Service number 8/703)

Aliases Born George Reed ROBERTSON
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 10 October 1886 Place of Birth Silverstream, near Fairlie

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 26 Hanover Street, Dunedin
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs S. ROBERTSON, Hotel Bristol, Ghuznee Street, Wellington
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Otago Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Ruapehu or Hawkes Bay
Embarked From Port Chalmers, Dunedin Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

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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 7 August 1915 Age 28 years
Place of Death Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Chunuck Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuck Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

George Reid Robertson was the youngest son of James McGregor and Sarah Ann (née Ashbrooke) Robertson. His first education was probably at Silverstream School, followed by Timaru Main and Timaru South schools. His father served on the Silverstream School committee. Tragedy struck the family when Mr James McGregor Robertson suffered a serious accident in a heavy fall while mustering in the back country of Ashwick station late in April 1900. He was sent to Timaru hospital in a serious conditionwith a crushed arm. It appears that he never fully recovered.. Late in 1904 he faced banruptcy. James had been a shepherd in the Fairlie area for 12 or 14 years. After the family came to Timaru in early 1904, Mrs Robertson had been conducting a boarding house, and James had been ill, when they got into debt. James died in September 1905 at the Timaru Hospital and was buried in the Timaru Cemetery. widow Sarah married widower James Holmes, many years older than Sarah, on 23 January 1907 at St Mary's Church, Timaru. James had come up from Southland the year before. Sarah, however, was living in Wellington when both her sons enlisted. George was reported as missing before being determined killed in action. His oldest brother, James Ashbrooke Robertson, served in World War I. (Note - Although the Personnel file gives George's birthplace as Silverstream, Otago, he was surley born at Silverstream, South Canterbury. The birth was registered at Fairlie and his parents were living at Silverstream, South Canterbury at the timel)


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotapha Database [17 January 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal affairs) [17 January 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [17 January 2020]; Timaru Herald, 25 April 1894, 13 December 1904, 27 September 1905, South Canterbury Times, 1 May 1900, Southland Times, 17 September 1915 (Papers Past) [18 January 2020]

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