SPEIRS, Robert Burrell
(Service number 22200)

First Rank Second Lieutenant Last Rank


Date 15 February 1891 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 42 High Street, Timaru
Occupation Minister
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin R. M. SPEIRS (father), 38 Fitzgerald Avenue, Christchurch
Religion Non-Conformist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcements, J Company
Date 26 April 1917
Transport Pakeha
Embarked From 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

Civil servant


Date 24 September 1961 Age 70 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert Burrell Speirs was the son of Robert Milliard and Edith Gertrude (née Burrell) Speirs. He was educated at Christchurch schools – South Town Belt, Addington, Christchurch Normal and St Albans. He was a minister of religion in Timaru at the time of enlisting. Robert Speirs married Gladys Florence Poplur in 1920. Robert and Gladys divorced in 1932 and Robert married again in 1933, to Josephine Symon.

The Methodist Church of Timaru placed a handsome window in the Bank Street Church as a memorial for the war victims of the congregations. Apart from the names of the fallen appearing on the window, the names of all who served were inscribed in a book which was to be preserved in the Church. Included in the names was that of Robert B. Spiers [sic].


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [29 March 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [29 March 2020]; School Admission records [29 March 2020]; Timaru Herald, 5 July 1922 (Papers Past) [24 March 2020]

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