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Robert Stuart

Portrait, in studio, holding a hat, with a chair - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, in studio, holding a hat, with a chair - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Stuart AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 27602 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Passchendaele AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 27602 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1 June 1916 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    Mental hospital attendant/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Gun shot wound to hip (12.10.17) AWMM
    • Died from Natural Causes, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of natural causes AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Seen by field ambulance when wounded in action whilst attached to 14th Company on 12 October 1917, transferred to Hospital at Abbeville 13 October 1917, left France 26 October 1917 for England. Admitted to 1 NZ Gen Hospital, Brockenhurst 28 October 1917. Admitted to Convalescence Hospital, Hornchurch 2 November 1917. Left Hornchurch on leave 16 December 1917. Reported to Codford 31 December 1917.

    Left for NZ onboard 'Arawa' 15 May 1919, arriving 12 June 1919.

    On discharge he had served 3 years, 12 days, of which 2 years, 235 days were overseas.

    Chronic Nephritis

    The hour of zero, 5.25am on October 12th, signalled the commencement of the tragedy of Bellevue Spur - a day of tragedy and heroism combined.The inadequacy of our artillery barrage, was at once apparent, and its inaccuracy was responsible for wiping out many of our men while still in their assembly positions. On the left, for example,a number of our men of 10th Company of the 1st Battalion were killed by our own shell fire when one hundred yards behind the starting tape. This combined with the inevitable confusion created, prejudiced the success of the operation from the outset. Concrete blockhouses and deep rows of uncut wire, from the security of which German machine gunners delivered a terrific volume of fire, confronted our infantry as they moved forward to the assault. The enemy was only too well prepared for an attack in which the elements and the deadly inefficiencies of the supporting artillery conspired to help him. At the moment the attack was launched the enemy dropped an artillery barrage along a line about 50 yards on the western side of the Ravebeek and in the vacinity of Waterloo Farm. Simultaneously, from the blockhouses and fortified shell-holes on the crest of Bellevue, there burst force the most intense machine gun and rifle fire, which swept the ranks of the assaulting infantry with terrible effect from the front and either flank. The advance was on the point of being immediately checked. The greater proportion of officers and men comprising the leading wave were shot down almost as they left their trenches. On the left 14th Company in particular made practically no headway. ( from 'Official History of the Otago Regiment in the Great War' by Arthur Emmett Byrne) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    24 February 1956 AWMM
    Age 71 AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Ruru Lawn Cemetery, off Ruru Road, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      41: 17 AWMM
    • Auckland Museum Armoury Resource Centre, Biographical vertical file AWMM
    • Pakeha : the journal of the Seventeenth Reinforcements of the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces - aboard H.M.N.Z. Transport 65 (S.S."Pakeha") AWMM
      See 'The Pakeha', ship's newspaper, October 1916, of the 17th Reinforcements of the NZEF. Copy in the Armoury Vertical File. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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