BLACK, Robert
(Service number 80036)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 10 October 1896 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date 20 November 1917 Age 21 years
Address at Enlistment Waihaorunga, Waimate
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin William BLACK (father), Farmer, Waimate
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 41st Reinforcements, F Company
Date 27 July 1918
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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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

Runholder; fencer


Date 21 January 1977 Age 80 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Salisbury Park Crematorim, Timaru
Memorial Reference Garden No. 30
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert Black was born on 10 October 1896 at Christchurch, the son of William and Mary (née Hewitt) Black. In 1903 Robert transferred from Spotswood School to Waihaorunga School. William Black had taken up “Waihao Grange” at Waihao Downs. At Waihaorunga Robert met with success in 1912 when he received a prize for third in Standard IV and was rewarded for first class attendance. Robert was a shepherd at Waihaorunga when he enlisted on 20 November 1917 at Timaru and named his father as next-of-kin – William Black, Farmer, Waimate. Private R. Black embarked with the 41st Reinforcements on 27 July 1918. He returned to New Zealand by the “Cordoba” which was expected at Wellington on 30 August 1919.

After his return Robert may have been a runholder for many years before turning to fencing. He died on 21 January 1977, aged 80, and was cremated at Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 August 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [06 August 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch) [07 August 2021]; Salisbury Park headstone plaque [07 August 2021]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [07 August 2021]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 5 January 1912, 14 August 1919, NZ Times, 12 August 1919 (Papers Past) [07 August 2021]

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