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Thomas Edmund Roberts

This is described as the Nelson contingent who returned.

Thomas Roberts is second from the right, seated

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Edmund AWMM
  • Surname
    Roberts AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    2333 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 1877 AWMM
    • 1878 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    T. Roberts, Public Works Department, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    South Africa Law Clerk/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Father: Thomas Roberts; Mother: Mary Ann

    Brother: Private Joseph Preecy Roberts (2734), 3rd Contingent, No 5 (died 25 February 1901 in Pretoria of Enteric Fever

    1903: Resided in Dunedin at "Littlebourne", Roslyn

    1905-1908: resided in Dunedin at 67 Heriot Row

    1908: married Ethel Beatrice (Poppy) Ballard (died 21 April 1973, age 88, in Blenheim). Children: Diana Precey and Shirley Precey

    1911+ : Resided at Royal Crescent, Caversham. Deputy Registrar Supreme Court

    1917+ : 36 School Road, Wadestown, Wellington, Civil Servant

    1922+ : Cambridge Street, Patea, solicitor

    1943: 47 Roxburgh Street, Wellington, Solicitor

    1946-50: Manly Street, Paraparaumu Beach, Solicitor

    1948: Retired

    Auckland Museum Boer War Display – photo of “section of the Auckland Fifth Contingent which left by the Mapourika”

    Father was named Thomas Roberts. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 7 July 1950 AWMM
      Age 73 AWMM
      ParaparaumuWellington AWMM
    • 7 July 1950 Noel Smith Research Project
      Age 72 AWMM
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  • Cause of death
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  • Obituary
    Obituary: Taranaki Daily News, 11 July 1950

    His obituary notes " Former resident of Patea, prominent in the community for 21 years. Lawyer. Member of the legal section of Army H.Q., Wellington, 1940s. Joined Public Service as a cadet in Auckland. Rejoined Public Service in 1904 after service as volunteer in South Africa. Worked in Magistrates and Supreme Courts in Dunedin. In 1914 transferred to Wellington Office of Public Trust Department, in 1918 was Deputy Public Trustee , Auckland. In 1920 practised privately as a solicitor in Patea till 1941. Involved in Patea R.S.A., St George's Church, Plunket Society. President of the lawn Tennis Club in Patea. AWMM
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  • Thomas Roberts was my grandfather. My mother, Shirley Rowe (née Roberts, born in 1911) always spoke very warmly of his compassion and generosity. During the Depression years in Patea, they had very little money, in spite him being a lawyer; his clients in such an impoverished rural centre could not pay, but he continued his practice, and she remembers finding food such as potatoes or pumpkins instead on their doorstep.
    Public - Rachel - Direct descendant - 7 October 2015



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  • 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 cyclopedia of New Zealand : industrial, descriptive, historical, biographical, facts, figures, illustrations. (1897-1907). Christchurch, N.Z.: Cyclopedia Company. (Vols. 1-6). AWMM
      Vol. 5, p. 88 Thos. Roberts, Snr AWMM
    • Taranaki Daily News AWMM
      Obituary: Taranaki Daily News, 11 July 1950 AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM


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