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William Balmer Robinson

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Postcard, photograph postcard in Neil McDougall's memorabilia . The text penciled on the back : This photo contains some of the survivors and missing of the torpedoed transport Marquette. Hospital staff receiving N.Z. gifts from left , Captain Quartermaster Isaacs, Captain Frazer Hurst in front with fly whisk, C.V. Rhodes on top, W.B. Robinson on left of cask marked (W.B.), R. Benjamin (pointing) and Sergeant A.H. Remmett at right of matron and sister. - No known copyright restrictions

Postcard, photograph postcard in Neil McDougall's memorabilia . The text penciled on the back : This …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Balmer AWMM
  • Surname
    Robinson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/624 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1885 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM St Mary's Road, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    J. Robinson (father), Waterworks Foreman, St Mary's Road, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 May 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/624 AWMM
  • Military service
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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Pharmaceutical chemist/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Drowned AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Robinson was the son of James and Eleanor Robinson, of Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand, and the brother of Frank (Francis); Madge (Margaret), Eileen and Mona

    He was educated in Auckland and qualified as pharmacist. He volunteered early for war and because of his medical training was assigned to No 1 Stationary Hospital.

    He was among the twenty-nine crew and 182 troops lost on the torpedoed Marquette 23 October 1915.

    His brother, Francis Logan Robinson (70414), also served in World War 1

    Ship name "Marama" from The Evening Post, May 23, 1915 listing the nurses and officers on the passenger list. Embarked from NZ on the Marama then transferred to the Moldavia for Suez. The Marquette was a British Merchant ship of 7,057 tons. It sank when a torpedo launched from a submarine hit it 36 miles south of Salonika Bay. Twenty nine crew and 182 troops were lost. Ten of those who died were New Zealand nurses who had been working at No.1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital in Port Said in October 1915 when they were ordered to prepare to go to Lemnos. The hospital was to be set up there to care for casualties being brought back from the Dardanelles. The Marquette took on board officers and men of the New Zealand Medical Corps, 36 New Zealand Army Nursing Staff, 610 officers and men of 29th Divisional Ammunition Column , 541 mules and some ammunition in mid October sailed for Salonika. The French torpedo destroyer Tirailleur joined the convoy on 22 October which gave credence to the idea that there was a real danger of being attacked by German submarines in the Mediterranean. The torpedo destroyer left the convoy on 22 October and at 9.15 am on 23 October the Marquette was hit by a torpedo on the starboard side and began to list. Within about 15 minutes she had sunk.

    Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps Museum, Burnham Camp, Palmerston North, New Zealand

    Annotated research notes about the sinking of the Marquette on W.B. Robinson file. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    23 October 1915 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    Aegean Sea AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Auckland Weekly News 11 November 1915 AWMM
  • Memorial name
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Memorial

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    • Mikra Memorial, Greece AWMM
    • Awapuni Race Course Memorial, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM
    • All Saints Church, 284 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby Auckland 1011 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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