DEWAR, Robert Alexander
(Service number 6/442)

First Rank Last Rank Private


Date 15 November 1892 Place of Birth Roxburgh, Otago

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Fairlie
Occupation Baker
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Bethia DEWAR (mother), Alexandra South, Otago
Religion Presbyterian
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 Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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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 22 August 1924 Age 31 years
Place of Death Dunedin
Notices Evening Star, 23 August 1924; Otago Daily Times, 23 August 1924
Memorial or Cemetery Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin
Memorial Reference Block 96, Plot 81
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert Alexander Dewar, known as Bert, was born on 15 November 1892 (not 1889 as recorded in his military record) at Roxburgh, Otago, the younger son of John and Bethia (née Bringans) Dewar, of Alexandra. He was educated at Lowburn School near Cromwell in Central Otago, and at the Alexandra Public School, going out to work at the age of fourteen. Bert was a baker at Fairlie when he enlisted, leaving by the train from Fairlie on 12 August 1914 with the 2nd South Canterbury Infantry Regiment men from Fairlie. He married Mary (Maimie) Hawthorne on 29 March 1921 at the Hampden Presbyterial Church. Robert Alexander Dewar died unexpectedly on 22 August 1924 at Dunedin, after a serious operation. He left a young widow and little son.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [11 May 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [11 May 2020]; School Admission records [11 May 2020]; Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, burial record & headstone image (Dunedin City Council) [11 May 2020]; Evening Star, 23 August 1924, Otago Daily Times, 23 August 1924, Dunstan Times, 25 August 1924, Alexandra Herald and Central Otago Gazette, 27 August 1924 (Papers Past) [13 May 2020]

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