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Charles Robert Duke

Studio portrait of Charles Robert Duke, AIF (s/n 963)

Portrait of Charles Robert Duke, AIF (s/n 963)

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Duke AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 963 AWMM
    • WWII 819353 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    21 December 1888 Public - Peter - Researcher - 29 April 2015 - family records
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 W H Duke, 18 London Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Marjorie Grace Duke, Snows Hill, Nelson AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 2 September 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 2 September 1914 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    Age 25 AWMM
    Architect/Civilian Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    RandwickNew South Wales Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
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Biographical information

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    • Born Dunedin

      He indicates on his enlistment form that in NZ he did some training with the Naval Cadets.

      Completed a Degree in Architecture before moving to Australia to further his experience.

      At the time of the outbreak of war he was working in Orange NSW as a journalist.

      He enlisted in the AIF and was posted to the B Company 4th Infantry Battalion as a Private at a per diem rate of 5s per day.

      He embarked on 20 October 1914 in Sydney on HMAT Euripides A14 – destination Egypt and then Gallipoli.

      He landed on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and sprained an ankle badly enough to be removed to the Hospital in Alexandria but embarked on the Franconia and headed back on 14 May returning to duty 5 days later. He suffered a serious gunshot wound to the face and was evacuated again on the Franconia.
      Notice of his wounds must have reached his father because on 2 June he has telegraphed the Base Records Office AIEF in Melbourne seeking information and they replied on 21 June with very liitle information other than he was progressing.
      By 29 July he was fit enough to be back to the Dardanelles. Around the 6th of August he suffered another head wound from bullet splinters and was evacuated to Malta on the Itonius. On 29 August he was transferred to England on board HS Oxfordshire.
      He was promoted to Lieutenant on 22 March 1916 and transferred to the 5th Pioneer Battalion.

      His official next of kin is changed to his wife Marjorie c. 1916 With address c/- FW Beck Solicitor.

      He returned to Australia on the Orsova from England and removed from the Army rolls.

      On 18 June 1919 he is listed as Hon. Captain. Additional Information Provided by Nelson Provincial Museum Pupuri Taonga o Te Tai Ao │ Tasman Bays Heritage Trust. AWMM
    • Charles Duke died on 19 May 1970 Public - Peter - Researcher - 29 April 2015 - family history
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About death

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  • Death
    18 May 1970 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • References
    • AIF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.135 AWMM
    • 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
      p.514 AWMM
    • Harper, G., Clements, C., & Johns., R. (2019). For King and Other Countries: The New Zealanders Who Fought in Other Services in the First World War. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press. AWMM
      p. 142-146 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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26 May 2015Online CenotaphAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
29 April 2015PeterNelson NZResearcher

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