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Joseph Preecy Roberts

Joseph Preecy Roberts, Trooper. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 64044

Joseph Preecy Roberts, Trooper. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 64044

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    • Joseph Preecy AWMM
    • Joseph Precey Public - Rachel - Direct descendant - 7 October 2015 - Personal Family history papers, R. F. Baskerville
  • Surname
    Roberts AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    2734 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Roberts (father), Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Enteric fever AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Joseph joined the 3rd NZ Mounted Rifles in South Africa. His father was a civil engineer.

      Before World War I, enteric fever, or typhoid fever, was the scourge of armies, and in the Anglo-Boer War killed more soldiers than enemy action. It is caused by a bacteria entering the body via contaminated food or water. Early symptoms include high fever, headaches and lassitude. Follicles along the intestinal walls later become inflamed, often leading to perforation and hemorrhaging. Other complications include gall bladder, pneumonia or heart failure.

      At the time of the Boer War, there were no antibiotic remedies for the disease.

      Father was named Thomas Roberts. AWMM
    • Joe travelled to South Africa with his younger brother Thomas Edmund Roberts, who survived the Boer War and returned to New Zealand. Public - Rachel - Other relative - 10 October 2015 - (Family papers)
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About death

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  • Death
    25 February 1901 AWMM
    PretoriaRepublic of South Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Pretoria Cemetery AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald, 5 March 1901 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899 - 1902 AWMM
    • Nelson South African War Memorial, Queen's Garden, Nelson AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Stowers, R. (2002). Rough Riders at War: history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents. Author: Hamilton, N.Z. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives of New Zealand. AWMM
      Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 1900. H.6E. Nominal Roll AWMM
    • Colonist AWMM
      Colonist, Volume XLIV, Issue 10048, 5 March 1901, Page 2 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      New Zealand Herald, 5 March 1901 AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
18 July 2022cheryl4 Walker Place, RICHMOND, NELSON, NEW ZEALANDResearcher
31 March 2021KevinSouth AfricaResearcher
10 October 2015RachelwellingtonOther relative

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