ROBERTSON, Bob Sherburd
(Service number 68582)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 20 October 1897 Place of Birth Henley, Otago

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Box 98, Fairlie
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin W. A. ROBERTSON (father), Rangi-ura, Fairlie
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 33rd Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company
Date 31 December 1917
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
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 9 November 1995 Age 98 years
Place of Death Tauranga
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Bob Sherburd Robertson was the first-born of William Alexander and Sarah Jane (née Sherburd) Robertson. He started his schooling at Momona School near Dunedin, spent three months at Kakanui School in 1909, before transferring to Fairlie, from where he went to Timaru Boys’ High School.

Having enlisted on 10 October 1917, ten days before his twentieth birthday, Private B. S. Robertson embarked with the 33rd Reinforcements on 31 December 1917. The hospital report issued in December 1918, listed B. S. Robertson of Fairlie, but his was not a severe case. Bob returned to New Zealand per the hospital ship “Marama”, embarking at Southampton on 19 December 1918. He married Edith Gertrude Dines, of Fairlie, in 1922. Bob Sherburd Robertson served in the Home Guard in the Mackenzie District in World War II. He died on 9 November 1995, at the grand age of 98. Two brothers lost their lives in World War II – the youngest, Evan Bertram Te Makahi Roberston, in 1941 in Belgium, and Alan Charles Tuarea Robertson in 1944, lost at sea en route to New Zealand.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [01 September 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [01 September 2020]; School Admission records (Dunedin, Oamaru & South Canterbury branches NZSG) [01 September 2020]; Star, 12 December 1918, Dominion, 12 December 1918, Temuka Leader, 14 December 1918, Otago Daily Times, 21 January 1919 (Papers Past) [20 December 2015; 22 August 2020; 01 September 2020]

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