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John Eugene Robertson

Jock (John Robertson) in uniform, Cairo 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Jock (John Robertson) in uniform, Cairo 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Eugene AWMM
  • Surname
    Robertson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    14977 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 June 1919 AWMM Golden BayNelson AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 3 July 1940 AWMM Gammock Street, Temuka, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Jean Christina Robertson (mother), Gammock Street, Temuka, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 February 1941 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
    WW2 3 July 1940 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Horse trainer/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
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 10 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      fair reddish AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      fair AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Shrapnel hand wound in November 1941, discharged after 2 weeks, and light duties in Egypt AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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

    Brother of Keir, Bid (Archibald 15327), Marie, Valentine, Brian, Jessie, Ian, Erin

    Spent his early life on West Coast of South island.

    His niece writes: "He was a talented artist who drew pictures of Goering, Hess, Goebels and Hitler on the tents in the desert - possibly cartoons or caricatures.

    He and his younger brother Bid (Archibald 15327) enlisted within a month of each other, sailed together for Egypt and fought side by side for 16 months until the desert campaign for Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt, where Bid was captured as a POW and later died at Bari.

    Originally listed as missing, the family had to endure 11 months of anguish before confirmation of his death.

    Their parents died without ever visiting their graves"

    Originally buried Grave 4, map reference 8753.2787 Egypt, Western Desert, Ruweisat Ridge. Transferred to El Alamein War cemetery AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    15 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM XXVIII. C. 9. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: NZ Herald 12 July 1943 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Pringle, D., & Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Pringle, D., & Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Military Service Record 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
      WW2 3: WW2 406 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: NZ Herald 12 July 1943 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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