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Archibald James Robertson

  • Service number
    15327 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Bid AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Private AWMM
    20 Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Archibald James AWMM
  • Surname
    Robertson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bid AWMM
  • Service number
    15327 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    28 November 1920 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Greymouth, Westland, South Island, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Greymouth, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW2 Labourer/Civilian AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 20 Jun 1940 Gammack Street, Temuka, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Jean Christina Robertson (mother), C/o Colliers Mill, Mangapehi, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 01 Feb 1941 Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaign
    • Western Desert AWMM
    • Libya AWMM
    • Ruweisat Ridge AWMM
    • El Alamein AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    15327 AWMM
  • Military service
    • 4th Infantry Brigade AWMM
    • 1st Southern Infantry Battalion, 3rd Section AWMM
    • 33rd Battalion, B Company AWMM
    • 29 Infantry Battalion, C Company AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 20 June 1940 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW2 19 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 1 February 1941 AWMM HMT 24 AWMM
    Vessel was Nieuw Amsterdam AWMM
    Private AWMM
    Infantry Reinforcements AWMM
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW2 POW - P.G. 75 Bari, Italy AWMM
    Italy AWMM
    Battle for Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt AWMM
  • Days interned
    15 July 1942 AWMM
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot, 91/2 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Bari Military Hospital as a POW. Died. Death recorded as tubercular pharyngolaryngitis AWMM
    • Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of tubercular pharyngolaryngitis whilst a Prisoner of War AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Private AWMM
    20 Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Archibald Robertson was the third son of Archibald Douglas Robertson and of Jean Christina Robertson (nee Hawthorn), of Temuka, Canterbury, New Zealand

    Brother of Keir, Jock (John 14977), Marie, Valentine, Brian, Jessie, Ian, Erin

    Archibald (Bid) put his age up at enlistment to 21 years

    His niece writes: "He and his 20 year old brother Jock (John 14977) sailed together for Egypt and fought side by side for 16 months until the desert campaign for Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt where Bid was captured. A friend reported that he saw the boys together and tried to persuade Bid to stay with his badly wounded brother (Jock) who died. That was the last report of the boys.

    Bid was taken to the POW Camp in Bari, Italy where he died.

    The boys' parents died without ever visiting their son's graves"

    Was one of "Charles Upham's boys" 20 Infantry Battalion, C Company

    Died just 2 days before his 22 birthday

    The data entry form notes: Notice 1st July 1943 reported buried in the cemetery at Bari his grave bearing the number 786, Section 12, Row 30, Square 19. Another notice 6 November 1944 reported he was buried in the British Military cemetery. His Grave details from the CWGC are recorded above. AWMM
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About death

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  • Age at death
    21 AWMM
  • Date of death
    26 November 1942 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed or died while a Prisoner of War AWMM
  • Place of death
    Bari, Italy AWMM
  • Death notes
    Bari, Italy AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Bari War Cemetery, Italy AWMM
  • Grave reference
    II. E. 16. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: possibly Christchurch Press January 1943

    Weekly News February 1943 AWMM

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  • Rest in Peace Uncle on those distant shores, even though your parents and siblings have passed on, we will all make sure you are never forgotten. Your parents never got over the loss of you and Jock and neither did your sisters and brothers and they never let us forget you. Maybe you never knew that your Captain Charles Upham received a bar to go with his V.C after the battle when you were all let down, but you were all so brave. Your cousin Laurie who you met on the hill made it back home but you would not leave your brother. Captain Upham lived about half an hour or so away from your 3 sisters and was in the local hospital for a time while your sister , my mother, worked there. His wife Molly gave her a large photograph of C Coy and there is one at Burnham Military Camp exactly the same. Lest we forget
    Public - Marilyn - Other relative - 20 May 2016
  • My Cousin and his brother went to War shortly after I was born I remember their Mother my Aunty Jean telling us about her two boys as we were growing up. They served their Country well, May they Rest in Peace.
    Public - Pauline Mary - Other Relative - 21 April 2015



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Second 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. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 405 AWMM
    • The Christchurch Press AWMM
      Death Notice: possibly Christchurch Press January 1943 AWMM
    • Weekly News AWMM
      Weekly News February 1943 AWMM


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