BREMNER, Roland Scott
(Service number 23476)

First Rank Sergeant Last Rank


Date 12 February 1890 Place of Birth Waihemo, Otago

Enlistment Information

Date 11 December 1915 Age 24 years
Address at Enlistment Flag Swamp
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience Timaru High School Cadets
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Philip BREMNER (father), Goodwood, Otago
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 13th Reinforcements, Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company
Date 27 May 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Regiment

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

Post-war Occupations



Date 9 November 1931 Age 41 years
Place of Death Dunedin
Cause (Resulting from wounding)
Notices Otago Daily Times, 10 November 1931
Memorial or Cemetery Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin
Memorial Reference Block 59, Plot 25
New Zealand Memorials Waikouaiti Public War Memorial; Flag Swamp Church Roll of Honour

Biographical Notes

Roland Scott Bremner was born on 12 February 1890 at Waihemo, Otago, the second son of Philip and Isabella Scott (Bella, née Scott) Bremner. He was educated at Goodwood and Hyde schools, leaving the latter in 1905 for Timaru Boys’ High School. In December 1906, R. S. Bremner (Timaru B.H.S.) passed the Junior Civil Service examination.

When he enlisted on 11 December 1915, he was a clerk for Henry Scott at Merton, Otago, Henry being his grandfather, and gave his address as Flag Swamp. Single and Presbyterian, he named his father as next-of-kin – Philip Bremner, Goodwood, Otago. He had served in the Timaru High School Cadets. Sergeant R. S. Bremner embarked with the Otago Infantry Battalion of the 13th Reinforcements, leaving Wellington on 27 May 1916 per the “Tofua”.

Bremner was very severely wounded in October 1916 at the Somme. He had his left arm and a toe amputated and he also suffered gushot wounds to the penis and scrotum. He arrived back in New Zealand in December 1917. He studied law at the university and became a barrister and solicitor at the Supreme Court. He was, however, plagued by ill health resulting from his injuries. Roland Scott Bremner died on 9 November 1931 at Dunedin, aged 41 years and was buried at Andersons Bay Cemetery where a services stone marks his grave in the family plot. R. S. Bremner is honoured on the Waikouaiti War Memorial and the Flag Swamp Church Roll of Honour.

His older brother, Andew Henry Bremner, was called up in September 1917. Another brother, Graham Dewar Bremner, was a steward on a hospital ship when his appeal was dismissed by the Military Service Board sitting at Dunedin in September 1917. He was granted a conditional exemption in August 1918 when he was still on maritime duties. Two cousins – Alistair Henry Scott and John Harold Scott – were both killed in action in World Warr Two.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [19 December 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Departmnt of Internal Affairs) [19 December 2021]; School Admission record (Alexandra Branch NZSG) [19 December 2021]; Temuka Leader, 31 January 1907, Otago Daily Times, 10 November 1931 [x 2] (Papers Past) [14 & 19 Decembed 2021]; Andersons Bay Cemetery burial record & headstone image (Dunedin City Council) [19 December 2021]; Known family history (T. Scott)

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