(Service number 80036)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||10 October 1896||Place of Birth||Christchurch|
|Date||20 November 1917||Age||21 years|
|Address at Enlistment||Waihaorunga, Waimate|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||William BLACK (father), Farmer, Waimate|
|Served with||NZ Armed forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||41st Reinforcements, F Company|
|Date||27 July 1918|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|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|
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 (ancestry.com.au) [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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