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Robert Armstrong Kinsella

Portrait of Private Robert Armstrong Kinsella, Auckland Weekly News, 28 September 1916. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19160928-41-33. Image has no known copyright restrictions.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Armstrong AWMM
  • Surname
    Kinsella AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 8/4158 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 February 1890 AWMM South AucklandNew Zealand AWMM
    Waikino, South Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 17 December 1915 AWMM Waikino, South Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Rachael Kinsella (mother), Waikino, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 April 1916 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 8/4158 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 17 December 1915 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Battery hand/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 8 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      148 pounds AWMM
    • Chest expansion, Unknown Period AWMM
      32 inches (min); 36 inches (max) AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Light brown AWMM
    • Distinguishing marks, Unknown Period AWMM
      service record shows two fingerprints of Private Kinsella's right thumb AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Injury (sprained ankle): Admitted to 2 General Hospital, Moussot, on 17 May 1916. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Injury (sprained ankle): Admitted to 24 General Hospital, Etaples, on 12 June 1916. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded (gunshot wound to back): Admitted to 2 NZ Field Ambulance, Armentieres, on 4 August 1916. Discharged to Base Details, Boulogne, on 3 September 1916. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Illness (mumps): Admitted to 1 NZ Field Ambulance, in the Field, on 24 May 1917. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded (gunshot wound to left forearm): Admitted to 1 NZ Field Ambulance, in the Field, on 12 October 1917. AWMM
    • Other, WWI AWMM
      Nature of Injury: G.S.W. left forearm Percent of disability: Temporary 100 (probably 50 permanent) Source: New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100% AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • The following is a chronology of Private Kinsella's war service compiled from his service record:

    Enlisted at Trentham on 17 December 1915.

    Embarked at Wellington on 1 April 1916, aboard SS Maunganui.

    Disembarked at Suez, Egypt, on 3 May 1916.

    Embarked at Alexandria for Marseilles, on 10 May 1916, aboard 'Caledonia'.

    Admitted to 2 General Hospital, Moussot, on 17 May 1916 (sprained ankle).

    Taken on strength of Base Depot from Hospital, Etaples, on 8 June 1916.

    Admitted to 24 General Hospital, Etaples, on 12 June 1916 (sprained ankle).

    Transferred to Convalescent Camp, Etaples, on 27 June 1916.

    Taken on strength of Base Depot, Etaples, on 27 June 1916.

    Joined 4 Company, 1 Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment, at Armentieres, on 18 July 1916.

    Wounded in action (gunshot wound to back), Armentieres, on 4 August 1916.

    Admitted to 2 NZ Field Ambulance, in the Field, on 4 August 1916.

    Transferred and admitted to 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, in the Field, on 4 August 1916.

    Admitted to 8 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, on 8 August 1916.

    Transferred and admitted to 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, on 29 August 1916.

    Discharged to Base Details, Boulogne, on 3 September 1916.

    Attached strength at NZ Base Depot, Etaples, on 4 September 1916.

    Proceeded to Division, Etaples, on 20 September 1916.

    Rejoined Battalion, in the Field, on 23 September 1916.

    Sent to Hospital sick, in the Field, on 24 May 1917.

    Admitted to 1 NZ Field Ambulance, in the Field, on 24 May 1917 (diagnosed with mumps).

    Admitted to 7 General Hospital, St. Omer, on 27 May 1917.

    Attached strength,[place unclear], on 13 June 1917.

    Rejoined Battalion, in the Field, on 19 June 1917.

    To UK on leave, in the Field, on 22 August 1917.

    Rejoined Battalion, in the Field, 5 September 1917.

    Wounded in action (gunshot wound to left forearm), in the Field, on 12 October 1917.

    Admitted to 1 NZ Field Ambulance, in the Field, on 12 October 1917.

    Admitted to 10 Casualty Clearing Station, in the Field, on 13 October 1917.

    Admitted to 2 Australian[?] General Hospital, Boulogne, on 13 October 1917.

    Embarked at France for England, on 16 October 1917, aboard SS Jan Breydel.

    Admitted to 2 NZ General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, on 16 October 1917.

    Classified as unfit for duty by Medical Board and placed on NZ Roll, England, on 24 January 1918.

    Embarked at Liverpool, England, for New Zealand on 2 February 1918, aboard SS Maunganui.

    Arrived in New Zealand on 16 March 1918.

    Discharged on 14 August 1918.

    Period of Service:

    New Zealand: 258 days

    Overseas: 1 year, 349 days

    Total service: 2 years, 241 days

    Present address (as listed in New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100%): Waihi Public Hospital AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      28: 14 AWMM
    • New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100%, compiled from returns supplied by the Commissioner of Pensions, in respect to: a) Permanent War Pensions, and from returns supplied by the Director-General of Medical Services, regarding: b) Discharged and undischarged hospital patients, assessed as suffering permanent disability, but not yet in receipt of a pension at date (28-4-20). New Zealand. Director-General of Medical Services. NZ Times Co. (Printer). AWMM
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