CUTHBERT, Ronad Alexander
(Service number 36803)

First Rank Sergeant Last Rank Corporal


Date 13 June 1892 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Latter Street, Timaru
Occupation Schoolteacher
Previous Military Experience Cadets
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Robert CUTHBERT (mother), 34 Latter Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
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 H Company
Date 26 April 1917
Transport Pakeha
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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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 6 May 1967 Age 74 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials Ross Chapel, Knox College, Dunedin, Roll of Honour (Students)

Biographical Notes

Ronald Alexander Cuthbert was born on 13 June 1892 at Timaru, the eldest son of Robert and Edith Alice (née Jones) Cuthbert. He was educated at Timaru Main School and Timaru Boys’ High School. In December 1906, R. A. Cuthbert (Timaru B.H.S.) passed the examination for a Civil Service Senior free place.

Ronald’s father died at Timaru on Christmas Day 1914. In 1914 R. A. Cuthbert was a law clerk, but when he enlisted, he was a schoolteacher in the employ of the South Canterbury High School Board. Single and Presbyterian, he named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs Robert Cuthbert, 34 Latter Street, Timaru. He had served with the Cadets. Sergeant R. a. Cuthbert embarked with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, leaving for Plymouth, Engand on 26 April 1917 per the “Pakeha”.

Ronald married Nancy Williams in 1922. They lived in Christchurch where he practised as a solicitor. Ronald Alexander Cuthbert died on 6 May 1967 at Christchurch, aged 74 years. Nancy lived on till 1993. The name R. A. Cuthbert is recorded on the 1914-1918 Students’ Roll of Honour at the Ross Chapel, Knox College, Dunedin.

His brother, Robert Norman Cuthbert, known as Norman, also served in World War One. Another brother, John Raymond Cuthbert, was a medical student residing at Knox College, Dunedin, when his name was drawn in the Tenth Ballot in September 1917. Their youngest broter, Douglas Howie Cuthert, died in January 1921 as a result of injuries received in a farm accident at his brother’s farm at Clandeboye.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [19 December 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Departmnt of Internal Affairs) [19 December 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [19 December 2021]; Temuka Leader, 31 January 1907 (Papers Past) [19 December 2021]

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