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Robert Freeland

Group photograph of a reunion for the Christian returned servicemen c.1960s. Image kindly provided by Paul Baker. This image may be subject to copyright.

Group photograph of a reunion for the Christian returned servicemen c.1960s. Image kindly provided b …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Freeland AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bob AWMM
  • Service number
    29311 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 December 1910 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    25/12/1910 Public - Rosemary - Other relative - 15 July 2017 - New Zealand Death Index for Robert Freeland
  • Place of birth
    Torry, ABERDEEN, Kincardineshire, Scotland Public - Rosemary - Other relative - 15 July 2017 - 12/06/1925, Passenger List, leaving London, UK for Wellington New Zealand with his Mother, Mrs C Freeland and siblings, John: Elspet/Elsie: Robert & Williamina
  • Birth notes
    Parents: John Freeland & Christina Freeland, nee Walker. Married 10/09/1895 in South Harbour Place, Public - Rosemary - Other relative - 15 July 2017 - Register of Marriages in the District of Peterhead in the County of Aberdeen
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 39 Mountain View Road, Morningside, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C. Freeland (mother), 39 Mountain View Road, Morningside, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Pacific Theatre of War AWMM
    • Mono Island AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    29311 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • He was a member of the Wiremu Street Bible Chapel, 4 Wiremu Street, Balmoral, Auckland (Open Brethren)

    Alfred Eason (500570), Bob Freeland (29311), and Joe Setters (74861) were part of the 3rd Division who retook Mono Island from the Japanese in October 1943.

    He helped rebuild the church at Mono Island after October 1943, and attended the rededication service.

    The battles for Guadalcanal in 1942 between the American and Japanese navies was the start of the most ferocious campaign in history.The Americans entered this campaign with inaccurate maps and some, including Major-General Alexander Vanegrift who was in command, not knowing where the Solomon Islands were.However they acquired skills which were to prove essential to later victories in the Pacific. It was a difficult campaign due to multiple factors such as the isolation, heat, dense jungle, lack of basic infra-structure and the great distances between base and supplies, and the front line. Though largely a US naval and military struggle, New Zealand's contribution was important.New Zealand was involved in the battle as it was imperative that the Japanese advance on the Pacific be stopped or they would have reached New Zealand.New Zealand's main contribution was in the form of the 3 NZ Division.The Forward Maintenance Centre (advanced base) was joined by the 14 Brigade on 27 August 1943, Divisional troops and units on 2 September and the 8 Brigade on 14 September 1943.New Zealand troops were involved in a number of battles was they moved up the Solomon's gaining control of islands as they went.The 14 Brigade and HQ 3 Division landed on Vella Lavella on 18 September 1943,and on Green (Nissan) Island on 15 February 1944, and the 8 Brigade landed on Mono Island on 27 October 1943. The capture of Mono Island would provide a radar site to cover the Bougainville landings and its harbour was ideal as a staging area for ships during the invasion. At no time did all of New Zealand 3 Division fight together due to the cross over of the battles. Other New Zealand troops were also involved, such as the NZ Engineers in road and airstrip construction (on the very underdeveloped islands, especially Guadalcanal), as well as support from the signals and medical corps and transport and air support.

    A typed sympathy letter from Sergeant R. Freeland to Mrs Pearson, whose son was killed by mortar fire on Mono Island, is on exhibit in the 'War in the Pacific' of Scars on the Heart gallery, Auckland War Memorial Museum.

    37mm ‘Japanese’ Mountain Gun (W1031.4). Captured on the day of the landing by members of the 36th Battalion under the command of Lieutenant. Les Booth, 29.10.1943 is on display in Scars on the Heart gallery, Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    5 August 1999 AWMM
    Three KingsAuckland City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Papakura Public Cemetery, Great South Road and Settlement Road, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 9 August 1999 AWMM
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  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 10 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1943 to 31st March, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 10: WW2 29 AWMM
    • Swallow, F. (1996). From seed to harvest: Wiremu Street Chapel 1921 - 1996. Auckland, N.Z.: Wiremu Street Chapel (Christian Brethren), Balmoral. AWMM
      p. 70; p. 71 list Chapel members in the WW2 armed forces AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 9 August 1999 AWMM


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15 July 2017RosemaryLowestoft, Suffolk, United KingdomOther relative

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