John Eugene Robertson 14 June 1919 - 15 July 1942 Key details Contribute › Service number14977 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargePrivate AWMM20 Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Jock (John Robertson) in uniform, Cairo 1941 - This image ma … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesJohn Eugene AWMM SurnameRobertson AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number14977 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe ReligionChurch of EnglandChristian AWMM Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth14 June 1919 AWMM Place of birthGolden BayNelsonTasmanNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesGolden BayTasmanNew Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW2 AWMMHorse trainer AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentPre 3 July 1940 AWMMGammock StreetTemukaNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationJean Christina Robertson (mother)Gammock StreetTemukaNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 1 February 1941 AWMMSingle AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsLibya AWMMEl Alamein AWMMNorth Africa AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number14977 AWMM Military units4th Infantry Brigade AWMM1 July 1941 AWMM33rd Battalion, B Company AWMMA Company 1st Southern Infantry Battalion, 3rd Section, 4th Reinforcement AWMM20 Canterbury Infantry Battalion, A Company AWMM Military service4th Infantry Brigade AWMM1 July 1941 AWMM33rd Battalion, B Company AWMMA Company 1st Southern Infantry Battalion, 3rd Section, 4th Reinforcement AWMM20 Canterbury Infantry Battalion, A Company AWMM Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards1939-1945 Star AWMMAfrica Star AWMMWar Medal 1939-1945 AWMMNew Zealand War Service Medal AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 AWMM3 July 1940 AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 AWMM20 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMM1 February 1941 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM1 February 1941 AWMMHMT 24 AWMMWellingtonNew ZealandPort TewfikEgypt AWMM1 February 1941 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMM1 February 1941 AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 4th Reinforcements, 3rd Section AWMMInfantry Reinforcements AWMMNieuw Amsterdam AWMMPrivate AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesEye colourUnknown Period AWMMBlue AWMMHeightUnknown Period AWMM5 foot 10 inches AWMMHair colourUnknown Period AWMMfair reddish AWMMComplexionUnknown Period AWMMfair AWMMDied of woundsCause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankPrivate AWMM20 Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Private Robertson was the second son of Archibald Douglas Robertson and of Jean Christina Robertson (nee Hawthorn), of Temuka, Canterbury, New ZealandBrother of Keir, Bid (Archibald 15327), Marie, Valentine, Brian, Jessie, Ian, ErinSpent his early life on West Coast of South island.His niece writes: "He was a talented artist who drew pictures of Goering, Hess, Goebels and Hitler on the tents in the desert - possibly cartoons or caricatures.He and his younger brother Bid (Archibald 15327) enlisted within a month of each other, sailed together for Egypt and fought side by side for 16 months until the desert campaign for Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt, where Bid was captured as a POW and later died at Bari.Originally listed as missing, the family had to endure 11 months of anguish before confirmation of his death.Their parents died without ever visiting their graves"Originally buried Grave 4, map reference 8753.2787 Egypt, Western Desert, Ruweisat Ridge. Transferred to El Alamein War cemetery AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death23 AWMM Date of death15 July 1942 AWMM Cause of deathDied of wounds AWMM Place of deathWestern DesertNorth AfricaAfrica AWMM Death notesWestern Desert AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameEl Alamein War CemeteryEgypt AWMM Grave referenceXXVIII. C. 9. AWMM Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Memorial reference ObituaryDeath Notice: NZ Herald 12 July 1943 AWMM Roll of Honour Remember John Eugene Robertson by laying a poppy. John Duncan Robertson John Earl Robertson John Eugene Robertson John Fletcher Robertson John Forbes Robertson Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of John Eugene Robertson Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources UsedPringle, D., Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copyhttp://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-20Ba.htmlSources Used DocumentsSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMWW2 3: WW2 406 AWMMThe New Zealand Herald AWMMDeath Notice: NZ Herald 12 July 1943 AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.