DAVIS, Robert Ernest
(Service number 57488)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 25 May 1895 Place of Birth Kurow

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o F. Jones, Riccarton
Occupation Groom
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Miss A. DAVIS (sister), 24 Tinakori Road, Wellington
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 29th Reinforcements, Canterbury nfantry Regiment, C Company
Date 15 August 1917
Transport Ruahine
Embarked From Destination
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

Lost left leg

Post-war Occupations


Date 4 July 1950 Age 55 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 1A, Plot 46
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert Ernest Davis was born on 25 May 1895 at Kurow, the youngest son of Thomas and Mary (née Beveridge) Davis. He was educated initially at Kurow School, moving to Union Street School in Dunedin, after his father’s death. In 1909 he entered Oamaru North School, under the guardianship of his oldest brother. His mother had died in 1906. From Oamaru North, Robert went on to High School in Dunedin.

Robert Ernest Davis was a stable boy at Bluecliffs, St Andrews, when his name was drawn in the Military Service Ballot late in 1916. On enlisting he was a groom at Riccarton, and named his sister Agnes as next-of-kin. By the 1919 electoral roll, Tobert Davis was recorded as a jockey at Temuka. This was Robert Davis who had lost his left leg In the war.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [28 September 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [30 September 2020]; School Admission records [30 September 2020]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch, burial record (Christchurch City Council) [01 October 2020]; Star, 15 December 1916 (Papers Past) [28 September 2020]

External Links

Related Documents

No documents available. 

Researched and Written by

Teresa Scott, SC branch NZSG

Currently Assigned to

Not assigned.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Logo. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License unless otherwise stated.

Tell us more

Do you have information that could be added to this story? Or related images that you are happy to share? Submit them here!

Your Details
Veteran Details
- you may attach an image or document up to 10MB