ROBERTS, William
(Service number 47083)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 4 June 1877 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waimate
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs A. ROBERTS (mother), Paynestown, Waimate
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 25th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 26 April 1917
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 25 May 1954 Age 76 years
Place of Death Waimate
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Cemetery
Memorial Reference Beam 1, Plot 63
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Roberts was the eldest son of John and Ellen (née Green) Roberts of Paynestown, Waimate. He was born on 4 June 1877 at Waimate. Private William Roberts nominated his mother as next-of-kin and embarked with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade on 26 April 1917. W. Roberts, 47083, of Waimate, arrived home in January 1919 by Return Draft 204. His youngest brother Donald also served, as Daniel Roberts, in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [05 October 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [05 October 2020]; Waimate Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Waimate District Council) [06 October 2020]; New Zealand Times, 6 January 1919 (Papers Past) [02 October 2020]

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