ROBERTS, Robert Pooley
(Service number 21097)

First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank Corporal


Date 23 April 1894 Place of Birth Thames

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Edward Street, Thames
Occupation Plumber
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs M. ROBERTS (mother), Edward Street, Thames
Religion Church of England
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 10th Reinforcements, 1st Battalion, E Company
Date 19 August 1916
Transport Aparima
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 4th Battalion, C Company

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Military Medal

Award Circumstances and Date

For acts of gallantry in the field, 19 June 1917 (Gazette, 30 June 1917)

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 10 April 1976 Age 81 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Shortland Cemetery, Thames
Memorial Reference Block 1087
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert Pooley Roberts was born on 23 April 1894 at Thames, the fifth son of Joseph and Maria (née Jenkins) Roberts. He was educated at Kauaeranga School, leaving at the age of fourteen to work for a tinsmith. He was a plumber, living at home, when he enlisted, and nominating his mother Mrs M. Roberts, as his next-of-kin. Her address was Edward Street, Thames. Casualty List No. 601, published in June 1917, listed Robert Pooley Roberts among the wounded. His mother was then recorded as of Timaru. Robert Pooley Roberts was awarded the Military Medal on 19 June 1917 for acts of gallantry in the field.

Robert Pooley Roberts married Vivien Gladys Martellie in 1920. He died on 10 April 1976 at Auckland, and was buried at Shortland Cemetery, Thames. Vivien had died in 1961 and was buried at Paeroa Cemetery with an infant grandson. Two of Robert’s brothers served in World War I – Joseph William Roberts and David Wilson Roberts. The link of Robert and/or his mother to Timaru has not been identified. Was there confusion between Frank William Roberts and Robert Pooley Roberts? Both men were listed in the same casualty list; both mothers (next-of-kin) were Mrs M. Roberts. Was there a misreading of the cable – Timaru for Thames?


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 August 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [15 August 2020]; School Admission record [18 August 2020]; Shortland Cemetery burial record (Thames-Coromandel District Council) [18 August 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [17 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 23 June 1917 (Papers Past) [03 August 2020]

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